December 2nd and 3rd: Wild West Coast

The flightless and incredibly friendly weka, which we spotted on the side of the road.

The flightless and incredibly friendly weka, which we spotted on the side of the road.

Despite rain and ever-cloudy skies, we enjoyed driving up the West Coast, whch is known for being some of the most untamed and remote land in the country. We stopped roadside for more than a few pictures of the craggy coastline.

The tall flowering plant in the left foreground is the native New Zealand flax, which is everywhere.

The tall flowering plant in the left foreground is the native New Zealand flax, which is everywhere.

Monteith’s Beer is a homegrown label that is quite proud to be brewed on the South Island’s West Coast, and we got a chance to tour its brewery. The tour ended with us sampling the full line of seven different beers — an odd favorite was the ginger and rata honey-flavored Summer Ale.

Jonathan pours his own pint at the brewery's bar.

Jonathan pours his own pint at the brewery's bar.

Still taking in the natural wonders of the West Coast, we spent a day caving in the Ananui Creek Caves.

Becky, Jonathan, and thousands of years of limestone growth.

Becky, Jonathan, and thousands of years of limestone growth.

Not only was the hike through the caves fantastic, the lower levels of the caverns are home to tens of thousands of glowworms, and we got to raft out lit only by their glowing excrement. It was beautiful.

You can't see it, but we're smiling for the camera.

You can't see it, but we're smiling for the camera.

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3 Responses to “December 2nd and 3rd: Wild West Coast”

  1. Pooty Says:

    Becky, you are still one of the coolest people that I know. If you and Jonathan are traveling through western pa. again let me know so we can make plans.

  2. Mom Says:

    I can feel you, but cannot see. I miss you guys, a lot.

  3. Fred Says:

    Yay glowing excrement!!!

    …You know you miss me.

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