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Published: July 25th 2018
I sat alone on a rocky outcrop 5m up from the water below with the sun warming my back and a very gentle breeze hitting my face as I gazed at the view that the beautiful Halfmoon Bay and the surrounds were throwing up to me. I watched 3 seals pop their heads and survey the scene above water before sliding back down into the inviting depths. They did this a number of times as they made their way slowly across the bay. The silence was broken only by an occasional sea plane crossing the sky. The huge barge full of gravel, being towed by a tug, moved slowly and without sound, far out at the entrance to the Bay. Being alone, I thought about what I was experiencing and what I had experienced on this journey. So, so much, that I’m sure when people ask me, “How was your holiday?” I’ll respond with. “Pretty good.” So short, because to speak of it would take days, maybe even months. The personal experiences were total emotion. We all know what ‘slide nights’ were like … boring for the viewer but emotion for the displayer. Not for a moment have I been blase,
nonchalant or ungrateful for what I have seen and done. I have no doubt that Jane and I will continually speak of our travels together many times. We know that we only have to look at each other when we see a particular scene, hear a piece of music, etc and know what the other is thinking. Such is the joy of travelling with another; the sharing.
Back with the ‘pack’ all was ready for a walk to the General Store and wooden jetty at the far end of the Bay. The temperature was a comfortable 25 so walking was not an effort. As Al has been here for 10 years he is a full bottle on many things local. He has also travelled widely too, spending many months in one place before moving on hence it makes for interesting conversation.
Mid-afternoon saw us on a boat heading into the Bay and beyond. Know the right people and good things happen … Powered by 2 Yamaha 250hp 4 stroke outboard motors we skipped along at a good rate or at 2 knots or we drifted or we anchored. We did all of the above. With scenery seen from
the water and in between rocky islands we were able to see Halfmoon Bay and various coves such as Secret Cove and Smugglers Cove from a different perspective. Many lavish homes rose up from the edge of the water on rock. We enjoyed light conversation, wine, beer and much snack food and music on our ‘at anchor’. Throughout all of this Jane and I looked at each other at various times and raised our eyes as if to say, “Are we really doing this?” We hadn’t planned this. We were in total gratitude. We thank Don and Jerry deeply for having us and Al and Barb about mentioning us to them and hence the invite.
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