We meet at the Ballpark in Gillies Bay at 10:00am.
Last week we found ourselves feeling a bit nervous about the significant increase in the number of hunters spread around the island. It's hard to escape far enough away from them to be out of earshot of their weapons, but there are some areas a bit off the beaten track that can be suitable. We drove towards Davie Bay passing some fresh snowy patches and parked on the roadside. We did pass a hunters camp on a side road, but there was a TV satellite dish set up nearby and we figured the hunters were inside and unlikely to bother us for a while. The trail was a bit difficult to follow for a while, but we figured it out and made good progress beyond that section and on to our cliff top destination. There was a cool wind blowing from the south-east, from the land rather than from off the water, and we were lucky to have the rocky bluffs to shelter us from the cold.
Before we had finished eating someone spotted whale spouts a little way up the coast and we hoped they would be moving along past us going south. They were humpbacks and in the bay where Eagle Creek reaches the sea and must have had plenty to eat as they were still in roughly the same area when we left to head home again.
Lunch on a steep oceanside bluff near Eagle Creek.