Waterfalls, Bee hives and Brain Ache
Trip Start May 20, 2010
195Trip End Sep 05, 2011
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Day : 206
Temperature : 24 degrees
Weather : A few fluffy cloudy puffs
I don't know whether it is the fact that I don’t have much to worry about these days, or whether it’s the travelling that’s doing strange things to my mind, but I’ve noticed that I am getting some really weird dreams. For example, last night I dreamt that Kev and I were on a boat, and he got kidnapped by pirates, (not the Arrgh Arrgh type though, the Russian Mafia types!) and the only thing that was left of him was his orange toothbrush! The thing is, Kevin doesn’t have an orange toothbrush, it’s green
Perhaps it is a sign that our brains are about to turn to mush, having not really been used for over six months now. And when you read the rest of this blog you will probably wonder if there is any hope left for us…..
We stopped in Taupo, on the shores of Lake Taupo just before lunchtime. We really needed to fill up on windscreen washer fluid as Harold was filthy from all the dust on the roads. The first thing you have to do however, is actually locate the container in which to pour the fluid. Well, we searched, and searched, and searched some more. Feeling a complete pair of plonkers we lifted every flap, pulled every lever, twizzled every dial and pushed every button. It was only after an exasperating half an hour sitting in the fuel station, and a few odd looks having been thrown our way by the locals, that it suddenly dawned on us that perhaps we ought to look at the manual
Our next stop was the Honey Hive which is essentially a shop selling every imagineable type of honey possible, as well as having real live bee hives to observe behind the safety of a glass screen, and plenty of information about bees and bee keeping. We sampled some very strong honey wine and a variety of different types of honey before settling on some Comb Honey and fudge. The only problem we have now is figuring out how to open the container which seems impossible to open.
Next up was the Volcanic Activity Centre in which as it sounds, was all about volcanoes, earthquakes and geology in general. Some of the info was a bit heavy going…..too much writing and not enough pictures! But they did have live seismograph readings from various centres in New Zealand, an artificial geyser, and an earthquake simulator which allows you to feel how a magnitude 6.5 earthquake would feel…We managed to hog the earthquake simulator for much longer than we should have, pushing the "go" button at least half a dozen times! After watching a couple of short films I turned around to see Kev asleep, mouth wide open. It was time to leave, enough mental stimulation for the day…..