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Kayak Trip 2017

Marokopa

2016-11-21

tl;dr: I visited Mangapohue Natural Bridge, Piripiri Cave, Marokopa Falls, Marokopa and finished the day on mountain roads.

I visited a lot of stuff today. Look, pictures!

In Marokopa I stopped for breakfast and ended up ordering an egg burger. It was great! I also hired a shower and headed to the beach to hang out with Mervyn and Ian, two guys staying at the Marokopa campground, to watch them catch whitebait, a tiny little fish that comes up the river with the tide. Apparently, people make fritters out of them. I stayed so long I also ate a big lunch of fish and chips before hitting the road again.

I'm back to seeing turkeys. I saw a few today. There are also wild goats here. They are kind of cool looking. Well groomed.

The road south from Marokopa has almost no traffic. I can say it also has no bicycles, because twice I came across a pasture of steers and they completely freaked out. The first time one of the steers actually ran through a fence. I feel really bad about that, because there isn't a farm for miles. The second time I saw steers bolting I stopped and let them figure out how to run away with less destruction.

Eventually I ended up on a highway again, and I set up camp in a sheep pasture.

I've seen almost all of my points of interest for the north island. Time to start heading south.

to Mangapohue Natural Bridge


under Mangapohue Natural Bridge


Piripiri Cave


inside Piripiri Cave


Marokopa Falls






a few sheep


This may be one of the best burgers I've ever eaten.


the black sands of Marokopa Beach


trying to catch whitebait


whitebait are considered a delicacy


Marokopa Camping Ground and Shop


Marokopa










wild goats


another wild goat




these steers are paniced


A weasel was running across the road with this rat, but dropped it when it saw me.




camping in a sheep pasture

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