We were going river rafting. I haven’t done that since the 80s in Denali National Park. What a blast.
|We were all geared up with rain jackets, pants and life jackets. We were ready to go.|
|There was some white water. I don't remember what they classify this river, not a big one.|
|There were some beautiful gorges that we rafted through, rising high on the one side, so we craned our necks to see all the way to the top.|
|And we rafted around still more bends.|
|The photographer is standing on the rock to the right taking our pictures.|
|And he got some good ones.|
We were done rafting a bit early so our bus driver took us so we could at least get a glimpse of some of the art deco, and what beautiful buildings they were. Next time I’d opt to wandering around the little town and taking a peek at it all. And, the guide even entertained us a bit playing a concertina. It was fun, and different.
|Looking out at Hawke's Bay, named by Captain James Cook in 1769 after Sir Edward Hawke, First Lord of the Admiralty. This work is something of beauty, but I don't remember what it's for. I like it anyway.|
|This statue is Pania, a figure from Maori mythology.|
|Napier is the second-largest settlement in the Hawke's Bay area of New Zealand's north island, with a population of 57,240 (2014)|
|Napier has 123 art deco buildings, combining linear symmetry of art deco with tribal Maori motifs.|
|Back at the dock there were eight or nine vintage vehicles and folks dressed up in period costumes. It was great. This was my favorite.|
|Every vehicle was as shiny as could be. They were beautiful. What a lovely way to end our time on shore.|
|We had a nice send-off committee of sailboats. It was great. And our pilot's boat was coming to get him.|
|We had two boats to pick up the pilot, one of which was in training and working to pick up the pilot from our ship. The old hand finally came to get him. It was like dance choreography.|
It was another great day, with fun, excitement, and most importantly, lots of warmth and sunshine.