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Posted By: Nickens, Dan
Date Posted: Mar 30, 2017
Description: What is most memorable about an extended overseas assignment? Long, busy days? The rough water? Howling gales? Unsuccessful searches?

Not so much. The brightest memories are of miles of deserted beaches under bright sunlight.
Date Taken: Jan. 30, 2017
Place Taken: Great Exhibition Bay, Far North, North Island, NZ
Owner: Nickens, Dan
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Nickens, Dan - Mar 23, 2017   Viewers  | Reply
    Looking out into the Pacific it's a far ways to the next shore. About 6000 miles.      Attachments:  

Beach Side 3637
Beach Side 3637


    
Nickens, Dan - Mar 23, 2017   Viewers  | Reply
    Classically New Zealand, land of the long white cloud
(or "Aotearoa" in Maori-speak)
     Attachments:  

Beach Cloud 3651
Beach Cloud 3651


    
Nickens, Dan - Mar 23, 2017   Viewers  | Reply
    Sitting pretty beside the big beach dunes.      Attachments:  

Beached Dunes 3675
Beached Dunes 3675


    
Nickens, Dan - Mar 23, 2017   Viewers  | Reply
    Lounging under a shady wing keeps the nasty NZ ultraviolet radiation from frying exposed skin. The ozone hole in the southern hemisphere may be slowly healing, but not fast enough to prevent melanomas from killing one Kiwi a day. The local skin cancer folks say, "The message remains the same: stay out of the sun, but if you're in the sun, slip, slop, slap and wrap. It's four words, but it can save your life." I'm not quite sure what that means, but sunscreen and shade are two words fewer that are easier to understand.      Attachments:  

Beached Out 3679
Beached Out 3679


    
Mclaughlin, Mark - Apr 18, 2017   Viewers  | Reply
    Family and I are coming down to NZ in June and July. Thanks for the heads up on the UV.     
Don Maxwell - Mar 24, 2017   Viewers  | Reply
    Yikes! Thanks for this reminder (also for travelers to Patagonia), Dan. Here are some links about slip, slop, slap, and wrap:

http://sunsmart.org.nz/be-sunsmart

http://www.cancer.org.au/preventing-cancer/sun-protection/campaigns-and-events/slip-slop-slap-seek-slide.html

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Slip-Slop-Slap
    
Nickens, Dan - Mar 24, 2017   Viewers  | Reply
    All good ideas, Don. Slipping on a shirt, slopping on sunscreen, slapping on a sombrero, sticking on some sunnies and sliding into some shade seems so sensible in such a sunny spot.     
Nickens, Dan - Mar 23, 2017   Viewers  | Reply
    It's a shame to ruin a perfectly good plane picture with a pilot but a passenger grateful for being transported to such a place could not be refused.      Attachments:  

Beach Stop 3692
Beach Stop 3692


    
Nickens, Dan - Mar 23, 2017   Viewers  | Reply
    On the other side of the narrow peninsula it's called ninety mile beach. This one isn't quite ninety, but who's counting.      Attachments:  

Beach Run 3695
Beach Run 3695


    
Nickens, Dan - Mar 23, 2017   Viewers  | Reply
    All good beaches have to end, and this one has a great SeaRey bay at the end.      Attachments:  

Beach End 3704
Beach End 3704


    
Nickens, Dan - Mar 23, 2017   Viewers  | Reply
    It's not all sand up north.      Attachments:  

Beach Rock 3713
Beach Rock 3713


    
Nickens, Dan - Mar 23, 2017   Viewers  | Reply
    Ninety Mile Beach may not be a precise measurement, but it is a fer piece of beach.      Attachments:  

Beach Stretch 3730
Beach Stretch 3730


    
Nickens, Dan - Mar 23, 2017   Viewers  | Reply
    A lazy day of surfing by SeaRey.      Attachments:  

SeaRey Surfing 3736
SeaRey Surfing 3736


    
Nickens, Dan - Mar 23, 2017   Viewers  | Reply
    Surf's up out on the Tasman Sea side.      Attachments:  

Surfs Up 3745
Surfs Up 3745


    
Nickens, Dan - Mar 23, 2017   Viewers  | Reply
    The Tasman gives the west coast a relentless pounding.      Attachments:  

Beach Breakers 3768
Beach Breakers 3768


    
Nickens, Dan - Mar 23, 2017   Viewers  | Reply
    A passenger's view of passing over the surf.      Attachments:  

IMG 6039
IMG 6039


    
Nickens, Dan - Mar 23, 2017   Viewers  | Reply
    Inland the native bush flourishes, at least in a national forest (Herekino Forest).      Attachments:  

Native Bush 3788
Native Bush 3788


    
Don Maxwell - Mar 24, 2017   Viewers  | Reply
    Dan, did you land on the sand, or in the water?     
Nickens, Dan - Mar 24, 2017   Viewers  | Reply
    With such an inviting long, bright runway, Don, I just couldn't resist using the beach. As a bonus it is actually legal to do it.     
Don Maxwell - Mar 25, 2017   Viewers  | Reply
    I asked partly because--though I sort of hate to admit it--I haven't landed on a sand beach yet. Not confident about identifying firm sand from aloft, and have gotten stuck too many times while taxiing across soft sand.     
Nickens, Dan - Mar 25, 2017   Viewers  | Reply
    Soft sand is a hazard, Don. Look at the "Beach Stop" picture above and note the color of the sand with tire prints. It's all wet. Compacted by waves. You could drive a truck on it. If in doubt you can always try it at first by doing a gentle wheel landing, just rolling on in slow flight. Caution: like other off-airport landings not all the hazards can be completely mitigated.     
Don Maxwell - Mar 25, 2017   Viewers  | Reply
    All right, all right. I'll give it a try.     
Ken Leonard - Mar 26, 2017   Viewers  | Reply
    I did it once. Landed on sand that was still wet as tide was going out. Landing was fine. Turned around to back taxi so I could take
off on a known hard surface and got stuck in soft sand. Then the cops showed up and it went downhill from there.
    
Chuck Cavanaugh - Mar 26, 2017   Viewers  | Reply
    You asked exactly the question I was going to. I am hesitant to try it because if anything were to go wrong, I'd be stranded....and, in
most places, in trouble. It does look fun and if I had some support, I'd be all over it.
    
Don Maxwell - Mar 26, 2017   Viewers  | Reply
    Flight of two Seareys, then!     
John Dunlop - Mar 26, 2017   Viewers  | Reply
    Obviously we have some pretty long beaches on the Great Lakes, but without a tide to firm things up, I'd be cautious of the
freshwater variety unless wet from rain (and then you'd have to watch for washouts from temporary streams..)
    
Nickens, Dan - Mar 25, 2017   Viewers  | Reply
    On the west side of the Firth of Thames sits a big bird staring out to sea. I tried to read the plaque but I was too high for the fine print.      Attachments:  

Big Bird 3575
Big Bird 3575


    
Nickens, Dan - Mar 25, 2017   Viewers  | Reply
    Making lemonade out of lemons? When a big ship runs aground at the harbour entrance why not turn it into a breakwater?
On the Firth of Thames
     Attachments:  

Run Aground 3584
Run Aground 3584


    
John Dunlop - Mar 26, 2017   Viewers  | Reply
    or perhaps they intentionally checked it in at the dump!     
Nickens, Dan - Mar 25, 2017   Viewers  | Reply
    SuRi took off for the northernmost parts and the SeaRey followed. The North Cape was rough enough, but, later the open seas at the Three Kings islands was too much for a little seaplane.
North Cape, Northlands NZ
     Attachments:  

Choppy Parking 3792
Choppy Parking 3792


    
Nickens, Dan - Mar 25, 2017   Viewers  | Reply
    The sleepy little holiday town of Mangawhai was for years nothing but an escape for residents of Auckland. Now a fancy golf course has edged out some of the bucolic-ness, much to the chagrin of some of the locals. To avoid confrontations it's best not to wear a golf shirt with the logo when you go into town.      Attachments:  

Mangawhai 3824
Mangawhai 3824


    
Nickens, Dan - Mar 25, 2017   Viewers  | Reply
    The massive sand dune at Mangawhai is a local attraction and habitat for endangered fairy tern.      Attachments:  

Waves 3833
Waves 3833


    
Nickens, Dan - Mar 25, 2017   Viewers  | Reply
    The tall dune is smoothed by the persistent wind.      Attachments:  

Sand Veins 3857
Sand Veins 3857


    
Nickens, Dan - Mar 25, 2017   Viewers  | Reply
    Strange lines in the sand, drawn by the wind.      Attachments:  

Sandy Squiggles 3860
Sandy Squiggles 3860


    
Nickens, Dan - Mar 25, 2017   Viewers  | Reply
    The lines along the beach are shaped by the complex interaction of wind and surf.      Attachments:  

Beachlines 3911
Beachlines 3911


    
Nickens, Dan - Mar 25, 2017   Viewers  | Reply
    It was my runway until it was over taken by a yoga class and wedding party.      Attachments:  

Closed Runway 3865
Closed Runway 3865


    
Nickens, Dan - Mar 25, 2017   Viewers  | Reply
    It's a nice setting for a fancy golf course.      Attachments:  

Golf View 3889
Golf View 3889


    
Wayne Nagy - Mar 25, 2017   Viewers  | Reply
    Dan, where does the water come from to water the course... is fresh water plentiful??     
Nickens, Dan - Mar 25, 2017   Viewers  | Reply
    No, it's not always plentiful, Wayne. Generally there is plenty of rainfall but groundwater is limited. Most residential water in rural
areas is collected from rooftops. There are a few reservoirs and some rivers. Fortunately the golf course is allowed to harvest water
from a stream. It is storied in two large retention ponds. There was a time this summer when there had been a deficit in rainfall
and water trucks were very busy servicing neighboring houses.
    
Nickens, Dan - Mar 25, 2017   Viewers  | Reply
    Where the waves haven't worn the rocks down to sand the battle between rock and sea continues unabated.
Breamtail Head, Langs Beach, Northlands
     Attachments:  

Headlands 3945
Headlands 3945


    
John Dunlop - Mar 26, 2017   Viewers  | Reply
    Spectacular photos Dan,
Ellen and I are planning a 2018 cruise to New Zealand (and Australia..)
    
John Brennan - Apr 2, 2017   Viewers  | Reply
    Try to be in NZ for Warbirds over Wanaka Airshow, John, one year from now Mar 30th - Apr 1.     
Paul Sanchez - Mar 26, 2017   Viewers  | Reply
    As always, great pics Dan! I especially liked the "choppy parking" one. Did a crew member on SuRi take that?     
Nickens, Dan - Mar 26, 2017   Viewers  | Reply
    Thanks, Paul. The airplane was moored when I took that picture.     
Paul Sanchez - Mar 26, 2017   Viewers  | Reply
    man, I must be getting old and just plain slow! I had to go back and look at that picture and thought it looked like you were doing a
fly-by and just skimming the tops of the chop! From my laptop I can see the editing! Nice job.
    
Nickens, Dan - Mar 30, 2017   Viewers  | Reply
    Time to party? I was supposed to be the entertainment at an apres golf party. Turns out it wasn't beach weather. Some days it's best just to turn around. This was the view back towards the better weather. A short video shows why I didn't make it to the party.      Attachments:  

Stuck in the Middle (Again)
Stuck in the Middle (Again)


       Attachments:  

Turned Back 4319
Turned Back 4319


    
Nickens, Dan - Mar 30, 2017   Viewers  | Reply
    You know it's not going to be good water when you launch and your nice clean windscreen is quickly covered with salt spray. Some days it's just better to be on the beach.      Attachments:  

Weather Window 4374
Weather Window 4374


    
Nickens, Dan - Mar 30, 2017   Viewers  | Reply
    Splish splashing away is confirmation that it's going to be rough.      Attachments:  

Splashdown 4386
Splashdown 4386


    
Nickens, Dan - Mar 30, 2017   Viewers  | Reply
    Finally the last day in Kiwi Kountry dawned to a bittersweet flight homeward bound.      Attachments:  

Last First Light 4416
Last First Light 4416


    
Nickens, Dan - Mar 30, 2017   Viewers  | Reply
    Fog fights for its transitory life in low places.      Attachments:  

Fog River 4427
Fog River 4427


    
Nickens, Dan - Mar 30, 2017   Viewers  | Reply
    In the morning glow gold dust lifts from the land.      Attachments:  

Golden Streak 4433
Golden Streak 4433


    
Nickens, Dan - Mar 30, 2017   Viewers  | Reply
    My home-away-from-home port (Whangarei, NZ) passes underneath as the SeaRey returns to SuRi, heading to parts unknown.      Attachments:  

Leaving Port 4442
Leaving Port 4442


    
D'Angelo, Kevin - Apr 9, 2017   Viewers  | Reply
    HI Dan
This might have been asked before but was Suri in the movie Mechanic Resurrection? I was hoping to see a Searey pop out of the back of the yacht as it had that unusual looking bridge that Suri has.
    
Nickens, Dan - Apr 9, 2017   Viewers  | Reply
    Unfortunately the SeaRey was stuck in Singapore while SuRi was getting blown up in Thailand. Monsoon season prevented any
SeaRey to the rescue subplot.
    
Buck Bray - Apr 9, 2017   Viewers  | Reply
    I was hoping to see a cameo of Dan to the rescue in the Searey. Dave B and I watched part of the movie while relaxing after
Garners. Suri was clearly displayed on all the yacht toys.
    


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