Eyes Above The Waves

Robert O'Callahan. Christian. Repatriate Kiwi. Hacker.

Saturday 27 December 2008

Ship's Blog

We just got back from our Christmas boat trip with extended family. It was fantastic. I've created a custom Google Map showing the places we visited. The weather was mostly very good although on Tuesday it rained a fair bit (especially Tuesday night) and strong south-easterly winds kept us holed up in Bon Accord Harbour. Christmas Day and Boxing Day, on the other hand, were sheer magic. (Visibility was amazing; from Sullivan's Bay we could clearly see the tip of Castle Rock above the horizon --- 44 nautical miles away (that's 50 miles, 80 km). A Christmas Eve cruise up the Mahurangi River right up to Warkworth was another highlight. We did lots of walks, ate lots of food, swam, fished, rowed, mucked around on the beach, and played games. I hardly thought about Web browsers at all.


The grounds of Mansion House are have a lot of a fairly tame wekas and peacocks.

Beehive Island

Beehive Island seen from Kawau with the storm gathering behind it.

Castle Rock

Taken from Sullivan's Bay in the evening of Christmas Day, Castle Rock is the peak jutting out above the horizon to the right of Pudding Island in the foreground.

Sullivan's Bay

Sullivan's Bay on Boxing Day --- there were lots of day trippers on Christmas Day, but it was a lot quieter the next day, although there were still a lot of campers about.


Mark Thomson
Glad you had a good time. The strong wind last weekend kept us ashore and then I lost my crew until Christmas. We finally got out yesterday afternoon - just a short sail down to Brown's Island. Fabulous day. Our paths probably came close to crossing at some point.
I'm heading back to Chicago tonight and expect to be firing up the snow blower tomorrow :-).
Jeff Walden
Dangit roc, what makes this any more Mozilla-y than any other post you don't let get to planet? ("Back from vacation" is weak.) Why do you have to restrict where those other posts go when you don't restrict where this one goes? I want to read all of it on planet!
Robert O'Callahan
Beats me Jeff. Maybe because I mentioned "Web"? I didn't categorize this post as "Mozilla" but I think planet ignores categories and uses a regexp or something.
Pseudonymous Coward
Dude, it's friggin' beautiful.