On The Road; Part 1

Murray & Olivia; Our Beasts Previous Owners.

Murray & Olivia; Our Beasts Previous Owners.

It’s been a crazy couple of weeks. As I sit here writing this, we are parked in Maitai Bay on the Karikari peninsula with the wind rocking the camper van steadily. Marc is outside flying a kite and later we’re going for another tramp to the isthmus that separates Maitai and Merita Beach. I want to tell you how we got here, but in the interest of breaking things up, this is going to be a two parter.

We picked up the camper van from Murray and Olivia but spent one more night in their yard as it was getting on towards dark when the debriefing was over. The next morning though was bright and sunny and we drove to the Uretiti Reserve DOC Camp. We have passes but unfortunately those kick in on Feb 1st. Ah well. Easily found a great spot and pitched camp. Put up some of the awning to cut the wind. It was nice. After climbing over the dunes and flying some kites along the beach, we came home to find a young couple with young children camped ten feet from us. Cultural differences perhaps, but we have to give them props for getting their kids into camping so young.

Camped @ Uretiti

Camped @ Uretiti

Ridiculously nice!

Ridiculously nice!

Mangawhai Heads Shell Hunting

Mangawhai Heads Shell Hunting

After a lunch and shell scrounging at Manawhai Heads, we headed back to Janes. We needed to get the van packed and get ready for an engagement party the next day. Great story here. Tony was our flatmate’s previous roommate and he found a great partner over the internet. We’ve had dinner with them several times and they are such warm people and suit each other well. No firm date set as of yet.

Tony & Kerrie; the happy couple

Tony & Kerrie; the happy couple

We did another trial night camping; or glamping as Debs calls it that evening. She actually came with us and we got to watch the sun set together. That was such a nice evening with champagne to offset the glorious sunset. After a lovely dinner, we watched everyone else leave before they locked the gates. Then it was just us and the gannets and the surf. Pretty cool, eh?

Debs, Marc & myself

Debs, Marc & myself

Maori Beach Sunset

Maori Beach Sunset

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