Tim Tam Explosions

Trip Start May 18, 2003
Trip End Ongoing

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Friday, September 26, 2003

Last night Sebastian and I met up with some fellow travellers from Germany at the Lodge. Over a Tim Tam Explosion or two (see below) we all decided to go sand boarding this morning. The walk along the coast over to the Ahipara dunes was quite spectacular; the surf had created hefty hollows in the rocks through years of erosion. As we rounded one bend a small seal darted out from the rocks, crossed our path then snarled at us before diving back into the sea.

Once at the dunes we had a long climb up before we could really appreciate how vast these sand dunes were. The view of the Tasman Sea far below was striking against the golden sands of the dunes. It was strange to think this was still the Northlands of New Zealand, I felt like I was in the middle of some far off desert. While we searched for a suitable slope on which to surf down, half a dozen wild horses came galloping down the long beach and watch for a while at the spectacle we were providing.

A few hours later we had accumulated enough sand in our hair and clothes to call it a day. We said goodbye to Yoshi, Blaine and Anna but were going to meet Susann, Hendrik and Karen again at our next destination tonight. After a quick stop at the old abandoned gum store (a bit spooky but well worth a visit) we were back on the road heading towards The Tree House in Kohukohu. On the way we stopped off in Kaitaia Pak 'n' Save for some more grocery shopping. This time we went in via the entrance (not the exit) and were inspired to name the Mitsubishi Chariot 'Pam' after the cheapest brand of food that we kept buying.

The drive up to The Tree House was great fun, lots of winding roads again up and down the mountain. We started to get a little nervous when Pam was getting low on petrol and there was not a place to refill anywhere en route. Fortunately she made it all the way there and we were very relieved to discover that The Tree House ($18) was every bit as hospitable as had been described to us.

Tim Tam Explosion:
For an effective Tim Tam Explosion you will need the following:
a) A packet of Arnotts Tim Tams (I recommend the Dark Chocolate variety, preferably pre-chilled in the fridge).
b) A mug of your favourite hot drink: coffee, tea or hot chocolate (my favourite).
c) Some friends to share the experience with.
1) Take a small bite from one corner of your biscuit.
2) Turn your biscuit around and take another small bite from the opposite corner.
3) Dip one bitten corner into your drink.
4) Suck hard, drawing the liquid through the biscuit like a straw.
5) As soon as you can taste your drink, quickly pop the Tim Tam into your mouth before it disintegrates.
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