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So Pat and I found some big waves just a short drive from our house at a place called Hot Water Beach. We rented a board and took turns at trying to catch a wave. We have only surfed one other time in Hawaii. In Hawaii we both were able to stand up each time we tried and we even started to try to learn how to turn and walk around on the board. So we figured that we were just naturally born to surf and that it would be a piece of cake. We were so wrong. When we got to Hot Water Beach the waves looked huge. They were at least twice the size of the waves in Hawaii, but we figured that we would be able to handle it. Pat went out first and did pretty well considering. He didn't stand up, but he got close and was able to ride the board most of the way in. It was then my turn. I got close to being able to stand up, but then lost the wave. The waves kept pushing my to the side faster then I could paddle the other way. I then found myself on a bunch of rocks trying to hold onto the board as I was pummeled by wave after wave. Pat came to my rescue and pulled me off the rocks. He said I was getting tossed around like a rag doll out there. I then decided that laying on the beach was more my speed. Pat, undetered, went out for another try, but things turned out much the same as his first try. Even though we're not going to be sposered by Quicksivler anytime soon I'm glad we at least went out and gave it a go and emerged relatively unscathed. I guess it's just a good excuse to head back to Hawaii to give the baby waves another try. Tomorrow we are going to be picking up Pat's mom from the airport in Auckland. We are really excited that she is going to be visiting and we are looking forward to showing her this beautiful country. Today we are busy getting thing ready for her visit and for us to move out of our apartment. We only have 10 days left here in Whitianga.
Among the things we have to do is to get Delilah fixed. About a week ago our headlights stopped working. We took her in to the local mechanic and figured she was about due for an oil change too (due meaning, we're not sure if she's ever had an oil change). So we figured we'd get it all taken care of at the same time. We went to pick her up and the mechanic told us that he couldn't fix the headlight, and that we'd have to take her somewhere else, and that the oil change would be $200! I did a little research and apparently this is a pretty standard price. Needless to say we were shocked, mostly becaues the main reason we were taking her in was to get the lights fixed. We're selling her in two weeks and a $200 oil change wasn't really what we had in mind at this stage of the game. We just got a call from the mechanic who is fixing the headlights with the price. Considering how expensive the oil change was I was ready for about anything. Luckily it will only be $139 to fix the lights. Which is good news since we are going to be leaving early in the morning tomorrow to head to the airport.
We are getting really excited to be on the road again and seeing new things everyday .Some of the things on our list for the last month of our trip include:
Milford Sound (said to be one of the most beautiful places in the world)
Hiking on glaciers
Rotarua (which is the center of Maori Culture and a geothermal hotspot much like Yellowstone)
Hiking the Souther Alps
And much more...
We are also getting excited to be closer to coming home and seeing all our friends and family again.Thanks for following us on this journey!
Hi there! I'm Skeeter. I grew up moving a lot and that makes me a bit restless for travel and exploration. I started this blog with my husband Pat when we decided to backpack New Zealand for a year. We are always looking for the next adventure and are loving life. We're just your average couple with two sassy dogs and a love for travel. We're sharing our travels and the tips we pick up along the way.
Hello! I'm Liz. Blogging is very new to me, but I'm so excited to finally write as much as I talk!
"Don't forget to travel happy"-Skeeter & Liz