Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Golden memories

We had a lovely Memorial Day weekend.  It is good to remember those who have served, and no better way for us than the ceremony's at the Bolder Boulder.  This year, we watched on the television, as walking it was not an option.  Next year, however, we will celebrate with the throngs at Folsom Field, on the C.U. Campus....with a flyover and parachute jumpers from each branch of the Armed Forces.  It tugs at our heart strings, and we are grateful to each and every man's and woman's service (and those family members that are left behind).

We enjoy time with old friends this weekend, whom we had not seen in several years.  Somehow, we just seem to pick up where we left off.... golden friendships, for sure.

Now, where were we on the journey in New Zealand?.... oh, yes, we were in Dunedin....and heading to the Otago Peninsula and the Royal Albatross Center...then on to Lanarch Castle in the afternoon. 

With water like sea glass, we drove out to the Otago Peninsula.
The drive was a bit hairy, with little or no shoulders
on the road, and some of that shoulder crumbling away.
Though we were right on the water level, the curves and road
made for a few 'breath taking moments'.

However, the views more than made up for it.

The water was the greenest blue!
If you look closely, you can see the Seals
lolling about in the sun.
This was the Royal Albatross Center.
Unfortunately, it was the middle of the day,
and the birds were out to sea,
looking for dinner.

I fell in love with this area of the coast.
It is quiet, and peaceful.

By the time we made it to Lanarch Castle,
we were hungry, hungry, hungry.

It was a bit pricey just to get into the
gardens (double the price, if you want
to see the inside of the Castle).
However, I can honestly say, that these
were the most glorious gardens we saw,
after a lovely lunch in the garden Cafe.
I will save those photos for tomorrow.
(Think:  Alice & Wonderland, oh, my!)

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