Watch out! Whish, whish, in comes the water…….. trust me honey Stephen says, I’ll look after you!
We’re out on the rocks at 8 mile tonight – taking a walk to capture the sunset. Normally you can walk from our place round the rocks to the 8 mile and visa versa. We thought tonight though, we’d come from the 8 mile side for a change…… note “we thought”…..
The wonderful thing about West Coast beaches is they are constantly changing. They can make it difficult though when planning a little adventure – although it does often make the adventure. Usually we have to rock hop around the 8 mile but today the start of the beach is thick with sand and gravel.
We do however encounter a big rock fall that we have to negotiate and clamber over. It’s not too bad, just watch the footing and stay off the wet rocks – they can be slippery! Around the next corner though we’ve back on to sand and gravel but that is as far as we can go. The sand and gravel disappear and it is into rocks but they are filled with water.
Not only that, it seems we’ve misjudged the tides – they are coming in. We thought we had the low tide but seems we’re out by at least an hour and are into the incoming tide. Watch out for those surges……
Stephen is doing his photography thing so I manage to find a nice little nook to sit and watch the surf. It was lovely just sitting there watching waves come and go, the different surges and the colours from the sun slowing getting closer to disappearing into the sea.
Down she goes – and in comes the tide. We make a quick dash to get back onto the other side of the big rock fall – don’t want to get stranded.
Slowly we make our way back along the beach passing the 8 mile waterfall. Considering we haven’t really had any rain lately there is quite a bit of water coming down. Sure does make it pretty though.
8 mile rocks thanks! Nice to come and visit for a change – and we will be back sometime real soon.
Jan and Stephen run Breakers Boutique Accommodation on the Great Coast Road north of Greymouth. Rated #1 on Tripadvisor for the area, they enjoy getting out and exploring the West Coast – the numerous beaches, walks and biking tracks. Check out their activities page or other blog postings for ideas on things to see and do when you are ready to visit the West Coast of the Southern Alps.