In following the Te Araroa Trail, Brad needed to cross the Taihaururu Estuary. The recommended crossing time is low tide, but he got anxious to cross, so the water was sometimes waist deep during his crossing. It's interesting to think of a water trail for hiking, but that's what this trail is from time-to-time.
In 2004 two Orcas were trapped in the Taiharuru Estuary. I'm reminded of Orcas here in the Puget Sound and the trama flowing around their survival, given their reduced numbers and too frequent deaths. Our Orca Network does so much to inform, protect, educate and fight for the health and safety our Puget Sound Orca Pods.