I had been exploring quite a bit of the Otago Peninsula of late and decided to hit up another spot. I wanted to knock off one of the many ship wrecks in Otago waters before they were lost for ever.
The SS Victory was a great place to start. The history was exciting and it happened to run aground on a very pristine beach. It was mid-winter and freezing temperatures out, but I hit the road anyway.
Driving down the winding peninsula I realized I had made a crucial error. The drive took much longer than I had planned and the most stunning sunrise I had ever seen was happening in front of me down the harbor.
I made it to the parking lot and to my dismay the sun was already up. Just a few yellow tones left in the sky, and a very thick layer of frost on the ground.
The Pyramids looked glorious in the light and exact to the form. I wasted no time and skipped right past them to the beach. Lets just say, that beach was a journey away.
And I should of read up on how long the beach was! 3.5 km in length! I knew the Victory was on the south side and headed in that direction. I kept walking and walking and walking. Wondering if I would ever see any sign of a ship, A quick glimpse of a black object in the waves caught my eye.
It had to be it! As I got nearer and nearer, it got larger and larger. The round looking object was a massive flywheel from the old Steamer. I read some where that they managed to float this ship again but the anchor had snapped and the ship run aground again, breaking apart when it caught the sand.
The fly wheel was all I could see, and the sky was a nice pastel pink. On to the pyramids and the cave.
I stopped for a bite to eat once I found the cave. The track goes pretty close to it. I then started exploring, It didn't take me long to find the real cave just under an rocky ledge.
The inside of the cave was like walking up the organ pipes but underground. Kind of a surreal feeling once been to the other first. I set my camera up and starting thinking about the history of the place. Creepy stuff. After a bit of exploring I exited the same way I came and headed back to the car.
No bones found - Stu