Sun is going down – we’re off to the beach. Dogs are excited, Dad is getting the camera gear ready. Come on Dad, come on, let’s get going…….
There is always much excitement in our household once the boys know we’re heading to the beach – this is almost more exciting than being fed….. almost! We have to be pretty organised or be well prepared to be “annoyed” for the duration of trying to find jackets, beanies and camera gear before we head off.
Ok, we’re out the door, Ziggy barking at our heals and Nico doing his little “bottom jump” as we head to the track to the beach. The boys run ahead always beating us to the bottom of the track and onto the beach. So many smells – there might be some new ones from this morning after all.
Through the creek as we’re heading out to the rock pools tonight to watch the sun go down. Winter is an awesome time on the West Coast and when we get some of our best sunsets.
The rock pools are constantly changing so every time we head out there it is like going on a new adventure. Sometimes you need your balance shoes on and rock hop and other times it is like walking along a sandy ridgeline – all depending on the tides and surf as to how much sand has filled in the rocks.
Many of the rocks are covered in mussel beds – ranging in size from tiny babies to huge “eat me now” ones. It is a popular place for the locals to head out with their buckets and get a feed.
We’re here for just one purpose though – well two actually, photos and the sunset.
Once the sun drops into the sea we stay for some more colour to come through – often it can be more dramatic than the actual sunset. Not so much tonight though but it is still gorgeous out here and we all enjoy meandering amongst the rocks in the light of dusk.
There are plenty of starfish around too – some rather large fellas lurking in the shadows of the rocks.
Amazing how once the sun has gone down it often actually gets lighter. Don’t know if that makes sense – but try it sometime if you haven’t already – you might be pleasantly surprised.
Anyway time to head back to the house – we never remember to bring a torch with us and while it may be light enough to negotiate the rocks the track back up to the house is always darker with the trees and shrubs. Back across the creek – time for dinner for us and bed for the boys – they’re happy, they’ve had their adventure……
Jan and Stephen run Breakers Boutique Accommodation on the Great Coast Road north of Greymouth. They enjoy getting out and exploring the West Coast and sharing their experiences. Rated #1 on Tripadvisor for accommodation in their area.