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Adventure time! Kiwi style!

Okay it's late, it's late and I'm rushing to bed, so I'll get to answer comments and posts tomorrow but I wanted to say, hey, I've been on an Adventure today! My friend and I shared her father's huge and dusty Pajero 4WD and we drove a bunch of children over to the Wairarapa. Christy went with another friend, Finn went up the night before, and eventually we all met at our friend's property up there near Greytown, for what could pass as a parish picnic LOL! There were about nine adults and nineteen children at that point and we had a great time. It was overcast but dead calm, and we took everyone down to the Waiohine River and they jumped in huge innertubes and floated down! Three of us drove the vehicles in two trips to the lower end, beyond where the Ruamahanga River meets, and then we could all go back to the house again. It was peaceful and the river was like ripply glass (unlike the raging torrent last time we were up there!). Everyone had a wonderful time floating along.

Later the children all leapt into the para pool, jumped on the tramp, played Taranaki rounders and the older ones took turns on a tiny motorbike. Idyllic, and surprisingly good company for the day, and as designated driver I got to drive the big 4WD back over the Rimutakas in the dark! It leaps ahead to 120 km/h without you even noticing! Not on the hill road though ;)

I took a heap of photos, but I'll share one here... um... here are most of the group getting ready to hit the water!
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*yawn* long day! Fun day. Not one fight amongst the children, no whining, no bothering the adults who sat on the deck and sipped wine *g* Nice to get away with good friends. Nice to all get home safely. I was very, very fortunate today.


( 8 comments — Leave a comment )
Mar. 3rd, 2007 11:46 am (UTC)
Looks and sounds just wonderful, lucky you!
Mar. 3rd, 2007 10:26 pm (UTC)
Yeah, it was great. And it must remind you of times here.
Mar. 3rd, 2007 01:51 pm (UTC)
I can imagine that the day will be one rememberd by many of the kids when they are older. The photo looks like everyone had great fun! It reminded me of the lazy river around the waterpark in Disney.
Mar. 3rd, 2007 10:28 pm (UTC)
-I can imagine that the day will be one rememberd by many of the kids when they are older
You're right about that. It was a day we will all remember, for the friendship and the sharing, everyone sharing cars and children - not one family arrived or left just by themselves for the long journey. Everyone sharing food and wine. And we all trust one another so much, that was good too!
Mar. 3rd, 2007 03:12 pm (UTC)
Sounds fabulous!Glad you had a lovely day.You deserve a few of those!
Mar. 3rd, 2007 10:29 pm (UTC)
Thanks! It sure was fun. And it was something we weren't even sure we wanted to do, a long winding journey over a humungous hill range, a long day, but it turned out just fine!
Mar. 4th, 2007 01:23 am (UTC)
Sounds absolutely wonderful! What a great day!
Mar. 4th, 2007 02:33 am (UTC)
Thanks! Yeah, it was great. A memorable day, indeed.

And almost every family was at Mass this morning. Kind of special, huh!
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