Stuck in the Mud!

Trip Start Mar 11, 2011
Trip End Ongoing

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Flag of New Zealand  , North Island,
Friday, March 25, 2011

The rain continued as we made our way around to the next bay and found a great little backpackers. We opted to sleep in the van and use their facilities. Trying to park in the spot of lawn allocated to us, Mr T became a stick-in-the-mud...literally. Oh well, we thought, we'll just had to stay here until the rain eased up. No rush, it's not like we have to be somewhere at sometime. Manana, manana. 
We got chatting to the other hostel-dwellers. A friendly bloke from Cornwall, Danny, had just returned from fishing and had caught loads of snapper and trout which he offered to us and the two Germans. Score! Without further encouragement Mario whipped up a tomato/onion smoor (relish), battered up the fish and cooked up a storm. Stefan contributed a mixed salad and boiled some kumra (sweet potato) and Katrien did the dishes. Dee contributed too by making several trips to and from the van in the mud and in the dark with mozzies! An awesome meal and great banter!
That night we hardly slept. We were waterboarded all night! We don't know anything, really! Drip! Drop! It was clear we had to move the van right away! What a malarky it was! Mud flying everywhere, carrying rocks and stones and planks to create some traction, eventually we had to jack up the wheel! All fun and games!

We rewarded our ourselves with a chilled rest of the day. We went fishing off the pier, but only caught two bait fish. In search of bigger fish to fry Mario kayaked to the middle of the harbour to fish. He got some bites but they got away except one undersized snapper. Nevertheless that night we rewarded ourselves with a soak in the jacuzzi overlooking the harbour and supper at the local pub (one of two). An awesome day all in all, one of the best so far.
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ShaunEE on

Have you guys seen Cast Away with Tom Hanks? Give Mario another few years and he'll have that art DOWN like James Brown! :-)

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