Spring Play and Walk at the Bay

The kids had off from school on Friday because of the local horse races / farm show. I already braved the A+P show with Charlotte on a class field trip Wednesday so we were going to go somewhere without as many people. I asked the kids what they wanted to do and a playground visit was the overwhelming consensus.

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They are on a boat. Made of wood and old tires and concrete. No, it doesn’t really float but they have good imaginations.

I chose to take them to a glorious playground that we have visited on a few occasions at Corsair Bay just west of Lyttleton. It is about a 30 minute drive from our house through the port hills tunnel, but the weather was so nice that it just had to be done.

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View from the playground over Corsair Bay
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Eating the lunch that Evelyn packed

Evelyn did a great job packing our lunch. I let them play on the playground for about 2 hours before we took an exploration along the bay. I would call it a walk, but that might be a bit of an oversell.

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Stunning views along our bayside exploration
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Cave exploration along the edge of the water
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Calvin hiding; Calvin grumping; Charlotte blinking; Calvin giving up

We saw so much Spring beauty on the walk / exploration that we had to stop and take a few pictures. I also really wanted to get a good picture of the 3 kids since they were in such high spirits. Sometimes a single picture captures life perfectly — and sometimes it is the series of pictures that lead up to that one picture that really captures life. We ended up with one “perfect” picture, but as you can see I included a few of the previous dozen so that nobody thinks New Zealand is beautiful *and* has somehow transformed my kids into anything but themselves.

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And we have a winner.
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