The Bay of Plenty

Trip Start Apr 01, 2010
Trip End Apr 30, 2010

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Thursday, April 8, 2010

Well yesterday was all about driving.  We logged around 600 kilometers and were exhausted when we finally pulled into Tauranga.  Stayed at a very average holiday campsite.  The funny thing is that even the poor ones manage to have great views.  We were right on the water once again, but internet access was $8 an hour.  Boo!  Today we woke up early (as Vaughn insists) and had cereal and coffee in the camper.  Next, we had to tend to the mundane chores of travel: washing dishes and clothes and ourselves.  Eventually we headed out with a plan: Drive around Tauranga while Vaughn sleeps and stop driving when he wakes up.  Amazingly, it worked. 
We were on the lookout for a post office (last minute tax info to send to Uncle Sam) so we headed to the center of town and found a great looking building marked Post Office.  Psyche!  It was a former post office now used for community services. So we wandered a little more and discovered that Tauranga is a really neat little city.  Lots of character and charm and a beautiful beach.  We found a real post officeand roamed into a nearby neighborhood only to discover a park right on the water.  It was great timing as Vaughn woke up and played on the beach.  We were approached by a Jehovah's Witness, but she was very friendly and not too pushy - to honor her congeniality I have refused all blood products today and plan to do so for the rest of the trip.  Molly was less impressed and has been destroying platelets like they're going out of style - she says if they're not red they don't count. 
Fromthis neighborhood park we drove to the crown jewel of Tauranga - Mount Maunganui.  Imagine a mini mountain at the end of South Beach and you've got the idea.  We spent the rest of the day walking around and then relaxing at a beachside cafe.  It was a great day and much needed.  Our only disappointment was that we still haven't found an IPA anywhere on
the North Island.  Actually, they don't even know what we're talking about.  This could be a deal breaker.
Eventually, we left Tauranga and headed further south looking for a place to stay for the night.  We found a great site in Ohope and plan to spend some time cruising the
beach here tomorrow.
Hope all is well stateside.  Hey who won the final four?  Seem to have missed it.

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Dave Wittig on

Sounds like an awesome trip so far...unfortunately, Duke won the NCAA.

Darryl on

Hi guys
Glad you made it to my home town Mount maunganui. Great place to live i am heading there today to catch up with my sons and friends. Have fun



Annelle Barolak on

Duke barely got by Butler the surprise number 5 seed. Hail Mary shot with time expired ALMOST made it in but alas did not... Darn those Blue Devils...
Keep the trip log coming as the pictures are gorgeous and the commentary is quite amusing... I catch myself laughing out loud.

Continue to enjoy!!!


Ann on

Looks like you guys are having a great time. We miss you!! Come back when your trip is over! Max says hi Vaughn.

Stephen Taggart on

Duke beat Butler by 2 to win the National Title. Butler almost mad e a half court three at the buzzer to win. Tiger is 2 back after the first day at the Masters. Fred Couples leading at -6 (Michelson tied for 2nd).

Love the updates- have fun.


awitti on

Good to hear from you, Roger. We hope all is well.

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