Monday at Cowshed Bay near Portage on Kenepuru Sound was a bit of a catch-up day. We had a few emails to sort out and some planning to do. There are worse spots to spend a Monday. We were keen to have a walk. The most obvious walk was one way or the other along the Queen Charlotte track. The thing was that it was marked as one where you have to pay for a permit to walk. Even for an hour or so. We were debating the merits of having to pay to walk on tracks. While I am oppose to the concept, I was keen to try out the permit system to make a nuisance of myself. Wyn just wanted to go for a walk. We eventually decided to go for a walk around the road.
From Cowshed Bay we went over to Portage and then onwards, towards wherever. Over the first headland there was a lovely little beach on a very narrow isthmus to a much larger headland. This was sheltered from the wind that was blowing from the north. There was a house on the first headland that was blaring out some nice classical-ish singing music. It was a good stereo and good music and there was a couple sheltering on the beach enjoying the afternoon concert.
We headed on the 3kms or so to the twin DoC camps of Picnic Bay and Nikau Cove. This is a lovely bay and they are lovely camps, albeit a bit small for Suzi. We sat for a while at Picnic Bay and were amazed to watch a couple of wood pidgeons zooming through the forest. Maybe it is courting time. Whatever, they were very agile dodging through the trees. We’d never seen a performance quite like that.
The day wasn’t getting any younger so we made our way back to Cowshed Bay after a pleasant 3-hour ramble along the road.