Cathedral Cove and Hot Water Beach

Good evening my love,

As much as I didn’t want to drive today, I needed to – as Cathedral Cove was calling my name… Driving here on the left side of the road on the right side of the car is now total second nature to me, I don’t even think about it anymore… In case you were wondering my dear – yes I am awesome and love every moment of it…

The drive was so fun, tiny tiny roads, very very windy – hairpin turns and every turn showed a new thing to see, why not go on a drive to see Cathedral Cove, I have been looking forward to this moment for months… Of course, I refuse to read what it takes to get there… I just know I want to be there…

So of course, 40 miles took an 80 min but that was a fun drive, holy crap – what testing my speed and turning skills… (Mom and Papa would cringe) but man – it was so fun to corner a turn in my Peugeot 4 cylinder car (reminds me of a Rav 4). I wouldn’t get this car at home, but I am glad I have it here instead of a tiny car…

While the drive was fun, the parking and the walking was not so much…. I parked and I noticed whenever I speak to someone or read anything it is all in minutes – not distance – all in minutes.. This walk will take you 75 min + return… Seriously – 75 min then another 75 min… sure whatever, this walk will take 5 min + return… Clearly they know how to deter you or encourage you… and they were right, most of the time. Since New Zealanders are giants (note the picture from a couple days ago) their stride is definitely longer than mine and really that walk took 85 min.. They were so off!

Instead of taking the shuttle like they recommended, remembering that I drove an entire day and needed to walk. So I walked over a mile up a crazy steep hill before I even started the 2.5km hike – up and very very steep walks,..

But when I descended the 40 stairs, my first thought was – man I am going to love the opportunity to climb all that back up! Taking my shoes off, I walked and saw this…

Breathtaking (well would be if I was the only one there), still breathtaking…

I walked to the end and sat and relaxed, took a bunch of pictures then read the rest of my book. The last 50 pages was really good – a couple hours.. The sun was beautiful and hot…

After a couple hours, I decided to walk up that wonderful hill again and stopped a couple other “bays” on the way up… I am just speechless on how much fun I am having. How relaxing I am, even though my heart was pounding, I am love it and cherishing every moment…

Note to Chrissy: you are so getting into shape. Note to Haydee: stop being so lazy – just do it for 6 months and see how you improve. You will love yourself so much more cause you aren’t beaten down by the crazy hills

Finally at the Hayes Beach and loving the walk, I decided I deserve an ice cream before I go ad check out Hot Water Beach…

The drive happily was only 4km and it was so cool, the sand as you walk on it was crazy hot, I felt like an idiot cause my boushie self put my shoes on before I got to the water, (I felt silly cause I saw all these locals in the shade watching me walk and heard them laugh when I put my shoes back on – whatever – my sensitive skin on my feet can’t handle the heat and I am ok with that) then I thought while at the water, what they hell do I do know, then looked right and saw a bunch of people so I walked there.

I will admit, after going to the thermal pools in Budapest, the thermal healing springs in Colorado, I have never been to a Hot Water Beach where the water if you dig about 1 foot, is hot and the ocean water is cold. It was ridiculous and I loved it… So impressed and in awe… I stayed there about a hour checking it out.

By the time is was time to head home, I realized I had been in the sun for about 8 hours… which meant, I was exhausted and still had to drive that hour and a half home.. An easy drive back home and had dinner in town with this incredible place – had raw oysters and battered oysters and then had this incredible lamb salad which I want to see if Brett can make the lamb and I make the salad when I am there in a couple weeks.

Now I am home, watching this amazing show on Hyundai’s Country Calendar where they have a series about training kids on how to be farmers in New Zealand… So amazing – I couldn’t change the channel and it took about twice as long to write cause I kept watching the show. I asked Nellie to find it so I can watch it when I am home.

And now, it is 8:40 and am exhausted… will stay up for another 30 min…

Tomorrow – love – we are going to stay sort of local – taking more walks and enjoying the sun…

I love you and I hope you are having a great time… I know I am. There are many other things which I am thinking about which I am deciding not to share, but working through some of my tough decisions I need to make are hard and am glad I am trying to think about it.

Love you always

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