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Back home!

Okay, hey, I'm back home. It'll take me a day or two to get photos sorted and catch up with all your LJs! We arrived back to our cat, Shyler who had become a dreadfully ill, weak, skeletal cat and prepared for the vet to say today that she couldn't live any more. But the vet got me to hold her arms while he looked in her mouth and it looks like her problem was teeth. So he's taken them out and kept her overnight - I hope it isn't too expensive! But it's awful to think she could have died from, well, starvation. I could tell last night that it hurt her to swallow, but she was so pleased to see us she couldn't stop purring. We just have to hope she's fine in the morning. The vet sounded very cheery...

On the way back yesterday, we nearly had an horrific accident! We were in a passing lane, passing a couple of cars which were a bit slow, and a car ahead suddenly decided it was going to pull into the passing lane, and didn't look back to see us. The car pulled out right at our side, and I swung the car hard to the right to avoid it. Thankfully we were on a country highway and there was no oncoming traffic just then. We were all really rattled. I think the four of us really wanted to just stop and have a cry but we carried on. I would hate to die in a car crash. I've been in a few, nothing too awful, but I couldn't bear it if my children were injured.

So we drove over 2500 kilometres, Wellington to Tauranga, to Rotorua and back, to Bay of Islands, to Kaitaia, to Hamilton, back to Wellington. We didn't drive up to the Cape, we took a bus tour. It's too wild otherwise. Metal roads, no fuel, no cellular network... I promise to sort my photos out... I will put a couple of Christy's in here, Cape Reinga, the top of the North Island
This is where we had lunch in a beautiful bay just prior to heading out to the final drive to the Cape
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This is the Cape
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This is a close-up of the lighthouse
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And the bay in the other direction
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And Finn watches the Pacific Ocean meet the Tasman Sea - sometimes it can be a wall of water a few metres high!
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hannahfmuk
Jan. 15th, 2009 11:22 am (UTC)
Glad to hear you got back safely. Those are some awesome photos! I can't believe how blue the sea/ocean is. And I especially love the close-up of the lighthouse with the sign in front of it - that would make a great postcard.

I hope your cat gets better soon.
natesmountain
Jan. 16th, 2009 11:02 am (UTC)
Thanks.
-And I especially love the close-up of the lighthouse with the sign in front of it - that would make a great postcard.
I think Christy could have a future in photography!

-I hope your cat gets better soon.
Thanks. The cat looks heaps better tonight, and even ate some food. I can't believe we thought she was dying and it was just teeth!! OMG!
blue_leaf
Jan. 15th, 2009 11:36 am (UTC)
Whew! I am glad you are all safe and back at home.
natesmountain
Jan. 16th, 2009 11:04 am (UTC)
Thank you, my good friend! It is good to have completed the journey and that nothing went wrong! At one point at the back of beyond, miles and miles from anywhere, a lighted up sign appeared on the dashboard, 'Check Engine'. OMG I said, what do we do? No one knew. So I drove a little slower, trying to stay calm, and finally the light just went off again!
moth2fic
Jan. 15th, 2009 10:22 pm (UTC)
Those are lovely photos! I'm glad you're all safe and sound - your near-miss must have been horrible. Welcome home!
natesmountain
Jan. 16th, 2009 11:06 am (UTC)
Thank you for the welcome home. It is indeed good to know we achieved the 'pilgrimage' and got home in one piece. And I will have more pics eventually...
margaret_r
Jan. 17th, 2009 07:27 am (UTC)
Good to have you back safe and sorry to hear about your scare. Glad you had such a wonderful holiday though.
natesmountain
Jan. 17th, 2009 09:59 am (UTC)
Thank you. I guess really we were lucky to only have one scare on the road in all that driving.

And thanks, we did have a wonderful time. One thing we really noticed when we stayed the night in a city (small one) on the way back was the traffic lights - we hadn't really seen many right through Northland, and it'd been lovely! Do NOT like them!

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