Saturday, February 7, 2009

The Catlins: Slope Point

Surf City; Click to Enlarge and See Surfers

Jurassic Log

Slope Point: As Far South As We Are Going

Slope Point, Stage Right

Stage Left

From Invercargill, we continued east along the Southern Scenic Route, throu Otara to Waipapa Point. Next was Curio Bay (surf's up), and Slope Point, the southernmost point of the New Zealand “mainland.” (We'll do some of islands some other time; maybe). It is not as deserted nor remote as Cape Reingal on the north end of the North Island. The nearby cliffs and crashing sea—the Antarctic Ocean? maps we have looked at are inconclusive—are much nearer. There are penguins about (see following posts), and that makes it Antarctic enough for us. At last we were (since Te Anau) closer to the South Pole than the Equator. At Curio Bay, among lots of other things, there is, at low tide, a fossil forest—scores of Jurassic trees that were petrified and then submerged with all the tectonic moving around.

We camped at Owaka (I think), and began the unpleasant task of eating-down the surplus of food, especially canned and freeze-dried, accumulated over the past two months. Our days in New Zealand now are numbered.

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