We met up with Robin's cousin and her husband who volunteers with the Marlborough Sounds Coastguard (he's the Radio Operator - how cool is that)! We got a tour of the new St. John's facilities and the rescue boat! What an amazing organization. If I was free, I would love to volunteer with the Marlborough Coastguard. It sounds so interesting! From rescuing 80 year old ladies who have broken their ankles on the Queen Charlotte track to saving boaties in distress, to heart-attack victims, and even hauling the Armed Offenders Squad to the nether regions of the Sounds, I think I have found my new dream-job! Except last night when the wind was screaming around our cabin and the rain beating relentlessly on the roof and too noisy to sleep, I do remember saying to my husband around 2am or so, that I was quite glad not to be a volunteer on a night like that! Still - I think it would be fun!
Then we went and had the rest of the afternoon and dinner (BBQ chicken - yum yum) with my lovely Aunty and Uncle at their Marlborough Sounds home.