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This is a vacation. Or, in the parlance of the locals, a holiday. We have all accomplished one of the goals of every vacation: none of us has any concept of time. For the most part, we haven’t a clue about the day of the week or even the date. Today I pinched myself when I realized that it had been only three weeks since I graduated from law school! It seems like months ago.
Yet we have been running so hard across
Fed by wonderful natural springs in the shadows of snow-capped mountains, the Hanmer Springs are a soothing oasis in the middle of nowhere.
The air temperature in that valley was about 50 degrees. The temperature of the water ranged from the upper 80s to a tad over 100. We wasted no time in diving in. The complex had a series of pools, each with varying degrees of heat and/or mineral content. A person could simply migrate from one to another as long as they wished for only $7.
I much favor soaking in a hot natural spring pool than a sauna or steam room. The water at Hanmer was so extraordinarily relaxing. All of us commented afterward that our bodies felt like something akin to jell-o or putty.
We were truly useless for the remainder of the day. We drove on to Kaikoura, the lobster (or crayfish as the locals call them) capital of