Swiss Chalet Lodge Motel
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... to the top. It didn't take long to feel like I was back on the Inca trail and by the time I reached the top, my muscles were on fire. Bob arrived a few minutes later mouthing some obscenities about me 'making' her climb the sand dune - nothing new there lol. Then we knelt in the sand, rested our boards on our stomachs and dove off...it was such a rush. My feet went into the sand to slow down more often than I would care to admit and I narrowly avoided the bus at ...
... at one with the ocean. Being Monday it was mail delivery day to some of the caretakers on some of the islands so we got to see more than most - wow some great houses nestled into these little paradise islands. Came across a pod of orkas although they are not very exciting once you see fins etc they don't breach and do much so we really one saw the fins of maybe 10 or so but all good with nature to have them so at ease with ...
... t get any air in my lungs so calming me down wasn't easy. He suggested leaving me there to go and get my inhaler, there was no way he was leaving me there! Eventually I'm not sure how but my breathing started easing and I stopped gasping for air. We stayed there for a good 20 minutes before I had enough of my breath back to carry on. The descent, I think I took on more of a monkey than a human getting back down that hill. The rain was running down the pathway, it was just like an ...
just preparing to move on in an attempt to get ahead of Cyclone Pam. It's due to hit this area and the rest or the east coast down as far as Napier later today.
Had a beautiful day again yesterday, really hot again. Visited the Waitangi Treaty Centre. Very informative guided tour and saw a Culture show put on by local Maori's. It was very well presented, ...
... back a few years into a hillbilly town. 'Um why have we stopped here?' I asked nervously. The response is that we need to stock up on supplies here as there may not be any shops at our destination. Where in gods name are we going?! Despite my reservations, the quaint little bay wasn't the back of beyond as expected and is a welcome calm before the storm that is sure to await in Rio! Woohoo! A mini hike through the nature reserves proved adventurous as I attempted to scale ...