A day on the water
Trip Start Nov 21, 2009
15Trip End Jan 18, 2010
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First to get all of your "potty" questions out of the way: that “blue thing” hanging off the back of our van is not a WC but an extension that we put into place for sleeping. With the van's tailgate up we add a “sleeping platform” and then the blue tarp covers the whole thing and is anchored with bungee cords . Someone has given it a lot of thought. As we are not “big” people – as Grandma used to say - we use the extension to feel a wee bit less claustrophobic and to get some air circulation. Mac, there are no “facilities” in the van. Helen, the van is a modified Toyota – like our van at home. All but three seats are removed (obviously the front two and one back seat). The rest is a large platform with solid cushions for sleeping. Sheet, pillows and duvet are supplied. Under the platform are an electric fridge, a large kitchen storage compartment and, at the back, a locked luggage storage area
One of the interesting parts about travelling to new places is meeting people along the way. As you all know, Mike is a very shy and retiring person so you can imagine our success in getting the locals to chat. Kidding, as Caitlin would say. Last night our camping neighbours, a lovely older couple – Sally and Don – invited us along to the RSA for dinner. Without giving any consideration as to what kind of place we were being invited to, Mike responded enthusiastically and off we went. Turns out that the RSAs (ReturningServicemens’ Association) is NZ’s equivalent of our Legions. We had a good time with these folks and had a fine and reasonably priced meal. We can actually get a temporary membership for the RSA for our time here so we can access less expensive beer and wine and some good, affordable meals all across NZ. We will likely also get to meet a few locals. Sally’s brother is the grandfather of Jessica Watson the 16 year old Aussie who is currently making an attempt to set the record as the youngest person to sail solo, non-stop, around the world. If you check her website it is quite interesting.
We decided to have our own sailing adventure today and hired a couple (Rick and Robin) with a 45 foot sailboat to take us into the Bay of Islands
Tomorrow is a driving day as we must get some distance south or we may see very little. Much love Heather/ Mom
PS Dear Caitlin, why you never write to your mother, eh?? Sharon hope you’re back safely from Mexico. Kibben we have not heard from you so I expect that means that the house is still standing.