Overnight we gained an hour, so we were able to sleep in a little before our breakfast came. We are still having a tough time figuring out what time it is at home and for that matter, what day and time it is here. I guess that is the price you pay for so many days at sea, you lose track of them. We did make it out to see the lecture on Bay of Islands, which is our destination for Friday. Dr. Lew has been giving all of the presentations and they are all quite good. Afterwards we spend some time talking to Gregory who is the concert pianist onboard. We have managed to spend a great deal of time in the bar, no matter what time of day! It was just before noon when we reached the port of Tauranga. We immediately saw that it is quite a busy place. By 12:30 we were docked and people were disembarking for various tours. The weather here is VERY changeable. It was very cool and rainy this morning and then an hour later it was hot and sunny. It truly is the strangest phenomenon. We did grab a bite of lunch up in La Terrazza before heading into town. Since the weather was iffy, Mom decided to stay aboard ship with her Nook (her best friend this trip). I walked to town and enjoyed the scenery and the sun coming out.
|A bird posing for me|
|Close up of pines|
|Waves crashing on the rocks.|
|The little island I climbed.|
After coming down I spent some time walking up and down the beach and picking up some rather interesting shells. I’ve never been one much for doing this, but I found such unusual shells here.
|Tree with branches that touched the groud|