As good as it gets..

Trip Start Sep 09, 2004
Trip End Ongoing

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Tuesday, February 20, 2007

Dear Mom and Dad,

I've found it. I've found paradise. You can finally sell all the Woz worldy treasures and come over, settle once and for all and relax forever. Great news eh?

It's right here in New Zealand funnily enough. Yes, I know I keep going on about New Zealand all the time but you've gotta trust me on this.

I've discovered this exciting little oasis in a remote corner, right in the middle of nowhere. It's peaceful, idyllic, secluded and immensely retiring all at the same time. Serene would be a good word. Oh and you get your own beach, with a lazy ocean that reflects the surrounding mountains like a mirror lake, a bit odd for an ocean but this is all why it's so perfect. The water's warm. I'll let you know more about this later as we'll be out on a kayak for the rest of the day looking to find a good snorkelling spot. Stay tuned.

We stumbled upon it yesterday after driving for an eternity around what many would call an entwining peninsula, only it's more like an endless stretch of unspoiled coastline with hundreds and hundreds of secluded bays and islands, all surrounded by mountainous native bush - dense bush too, which has inched its way right down to the shoreline. If you can control yourself enough to stand still for just a moment you can follow it with your eyes as it contours off and around into the distance for miles. The difficult part is deciding which of these secluded bays takes your fancy. Hate to say it but it puts the Banks Peninsula in the shade. I know, I know. But honestly, it really does. This is as good as it gets.

We found a great spot on the waters edge yesterday and I positioned the van just right, ready for the morning view. The sun was beating down relentlessly and we walked for ages along the bay messing about on the rocks down by the water. I saved the life of a starfish (Chicken reckoned I didn't, she said it was trying to sunbathe and that I just came along and ruined his day. What does she know?) and we spent the rest of the afternoon sprawled out in the lazy green chairs with a cold one watching the sun set slowly behind the hills. It was sublime. Just after we got the stove going flat out and rustled up two bowls of hot oozy pasta. By this time it was dark and so we spread a hundred tealight candles out all over the table and finished eating under the stars. It's great having no artificial light out here as you get to see all the things you've never seen before. We were almost horizontal in the lazy green chairs staring up at the vast blanket. We were there ages. And there were millions out last night, millions. We even saw three shooting stars, one of them cutting through the sky so fast you'd have thought it were a glowing bee whizzing past you.

But that was last night. I've been up for a while now checking out the morning view in one of the lazy green chairs. Very nice. It's good to see the world turn in and wake up again. Today's gonna be a such a blinder. The skies are crystal clear and the water's motionless. It's deathly quiet apart from the occasional jovial chirp of a tui somewhere up in the trees, oh and the constant chirring of crickets.

By now it's probably almost 8am. Chicken's fast asleep. She sleeps like a good'un does Chike. Another hour or two no doubt and I'll be getting the scrambled going.

Anyway, the kettles just started whistling so I'm gonna shoot. I'll send some pics when I can. Take it easy and keep smiling..

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