May 30

We began our day with the hike to the southernmost point on South Island, Slope Point. The walk had a Dr. Seuss quality, with strange plants and landscapes. We thought that some of the grass looked like a Lorax. Despite the freezing weather and whipping wind we enjoyed the walk.

Our next stop was Curio Bay and the Petrified Forest. The forest was from the Jurassic Period, but flooding killed it. The silica in the water fossilized the trees. This resulted in a very rare petrified forest. It wasn’t exactly what I expected. Many of the stumps had been worn down by tourists taking pieces.

We headed down the road to Porpoise Bay. Unfortunately we didn’t see any porpoises, but the views were beautiful.

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