After 4 days of blown out surf, rain and gloom I finally got fed up and decided to drive out to the Otago Peninsula to hike a bit. The peninsula creates and protects the thriving Dunedin Port.
I wanted to check out a stop called lovers leap. This is a tall hill top that meets the sea via a rocky 300 ft cliff wall. I was told about the spot when surfing inside an inlet at a hidden local spot that is protected by the hill from the sever southern winds.
I was also told that magic mushrooms could be found along the walk due to the sheep grassing fields and the droppings they inevitably leave behind. As I thought about this all I could think of was….Hmmmm a place named as a suicide spot that shares space with psychedelics…makes sense to me.
On top of the cliff, the winds where sustaining speeds of 60k. There weren’t gusts, it was like being in a wind tunnel, where the wind is just constant. I just opened my arms, let my jacket turn into a wing, and stood at 45 degrees. I just kept giggling because the wind just never let up. The rain was hitting me so hard it was stinging my face. As I looked over the cliff from the wooden deck viewing area, the updrafts coming off the cliff walls was sending the rain drops straight up. Never thought I would see it rain up in my life. I took the picture above as fast as I could since I did not have my water housing with me. I hope to go back on a nicer day and get better pics.
I have been trying really hard not to make any mention of Lord of the Rings, but sometimes certain spots, landscapes, or areas just really remind me of a scene, and I always think….did they film here?