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Mt Maunganui

Today we went to the beach. We did other things too, but we Went To The Beach. We met my cousin and her family there, and it was glorious. We parked my mother in their half tent with my cousin's partner (who I am embarrassed to admit I taught!!! OMG I was 22 and he was 17!), the children all shot into the water, five colourful kids on boogie boards, and my cousin and I had a dip in the sea and I can't begin to tell you how beautiful it was. The sea was cold at first but soon felt warm, the waves were fairly strong, sometimes over my head but then melting into nothing moments later. The sky blue, the islands bordering the beach picturesque, covered in native bush, rocky outcrops from the white curve of sand. We just sighed with wonder at the beauty of it all. We swam with little jellyfish around but they didn't seem to want to bother us. Honestly, it was so worth being there today. And it was incredibly hot.
Hot, salty, sandy bodies piled into the car at the end of the afternoon, and it was a day worth every minute.
The beach looks like this
http://www.newzealand.com/travel/library/t83211_3.jpg
we were near the top end of this pic, just past the little rocky outcrop.
Tomorrow, back down to Rotorua for the afternoon and the luge (mini movie here)
http://www.skylineskyrides.co.nz/rotorua/
(last time I promised we'd do it, Asher had a broken collar-bone) and a catch-up with some great friends... have a good day, my friends. I'm going to bed now.

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hannahfmuk
Jan. 5th, 2009 11:02 pm (UTC)
Words cannot begin to express how much I envy you your wonderful day. That beach looks absolutely idyllic! Good luck with the luge :)
natesmountain
Jan. 11th, 2009 09:37 am (UTC)
Oh Hannah, I wish you could just jump on a plane and come here for a while, really relax and just enjoy living. Thanks.

The luge was amazing, I'll post some pics when we get home. It sure challenged Finn's fear of heights, and we all screamed when the gondola left land and took off into the nothingness with the city of Rotorua and the huge lake in the distance. I had to close my eyes, even though I wanted to take a photo!
moth2fic
Jan. 6th, 2009 04:43 pm (UTC)
So glad you're all having such a lovely time!
natesmountain
Jan. 11th, 2009 09:34 am (UTC)
Thanks. We have seen and done so many wonderful things this holiday, it's been truly memorable.
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