Smiles at Sunset
Trip Start Sep 09, 2004
394Trip End Ongoing
There's a girl I know
She has eternity in her eyes
She sees the world with a child like gaze
And the wisdom of a thousand skies
She makes mistakes like others
But she learns from every one
She has knowledge of the world
But she doesn't know it yet
She follows nature with peaceful awe
Moving quietly in her grace
And it welcomes her to its home
They are one with each other
Her approach to life is wondrous
Understanding its twists and turns
Because she follows her own religion
To be honest to herself
She won't force her will upon you
People feel what she respects
And that's what draws you nearer
She has power in her silence
Although mischief will take her to others
She'll wait for the right one to love her
And when he sees the way she knows him
He will give himself to her
- Sinéad Fahey
Today is the fifth of the fifth of the fifth. What a date. What a significant date. Actually the only significant thing about today really I guess is that my solo adventure has truly begun. Maybe that is significant?
It was well after 3pm by the time I had finally said my goodbyes to the girls and set off for Te Anau. I pulled over at the side of the road about half an hour in to the journey for a goodbye glance at Queenstown, the lake and its mountains. I like to stop briefly before turning that final corner, just to have a moment with a place before I completely leave it. I really don't know where the time had gone though it did take me a while to successfully copy the bungy DVD as two of the machines I'd tried to use ended up being faulty. In the end I had to take it to another internet cafe that offers a DVD copying service 'while you wait'. Problem is the 'wait' takes a good hour and a half so I 'waited' by having one last Panang curry at the Bronze Elephant before returning to catch up with a few emails, which conveniently happened to be part of the deal.
I took the drive to Te Anau quite leisurely and arrived just as the sun was setting. I was welcomed by a beautiful sunset dominantly glowing over Lake Te Anau and without any hesitation I drove straight to the lake to take it all in. It was gorgeous. The benches, the trees and the occasional figure were all superbly silhouetted against the fiery backdrop. It looked so warm and welcoming. When I walked in to the 'Great Lakes Holiday Park' I was greeted with smiles and a welcome that was just as warm. In an odd kind of way it felt like coming home. By the time I'd got pitched and settled in following an excited but brief chat with Brett and Sylvia, it was time to cook dinner and relax.
I felt a real sense of peace this evening. I sat outside for a while on the bench beside my van looking up at the stars. It was a crystal clear night and so warm compared with what I'd been used to in Queenstown. I made a couple of spicy bean tortillas for dinner and then sat for a short while in front of the big, beautiful log fire they have there. There were a few randoms sitting around watching 'Con-Air' on Sky but I was too knackered. I left shortly after and turned in. I'd hoped to catch Brad but he wasn't around unfortunately. There's always tomorrow I guess..