Monday, November 15, 2010

Pancakes and Blowholes... No, seriously.

One of these days, I'm going to write a verbose entry ripe with insightful commentary and personal reflection on the awe-inspiring time we've had so far on the South Island.

Today is not that day.

Instead, I'll be giving you a brief look into the second half of our yesterday via mostly photos. Words can be unnecessary. To prove the point, our afternoon experience can be generally summed up by just two: Pancakes, Blowholes.

It's not what you're thinking. Unless you've been to Punakaiki on the South Island, in which case it's exactly what you're thinking.

Punakaiki Pancake Rocks & Blowholes, day 8

We made jokes about the name...

Punakaiki Pancake Rocks & Blowholes, day 8

But they were beautiful. I feel as if my use of this adjective is getting repetitive, but I don't know quite else what to say.

Boys squinting, Nick being very Nick-ish, day 8

It was around 6 p.m., and the boys squinted in the slowly setting sunshine while I jumped on top of a rock to get a better look at the landscape.

Pancake rocks, day 8

These so-called "pancake" rocks are actually limestone formations from 30 million years ago.

Originally, the rocks were a seabed of fragments of dead marine creatures underneath layers of soft mud and clay. However, over time, the seabed was raised by earthquakes to form the coastline and cliffs shown above.

Will and his old-school cam, day 8

We took photos of the cliffs (one of us, with a more 'classic' camera model), and listened to the "whooosh" of the waves against the rock and through the aptly-named "blowholes."

Punakaiki Pancake Rocks & Blowholes, day 8

It was a quiet spot to end an otherwise hurried day of exploring the mountainous passes of the South Island.

We took a collective deep breath, and enjoyed the views.

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