The Unvailing of 'Clue Number 4' - the greatest of them all!!!
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It was the 8th September on the morning we left Gisbourne, the penultimate date. One day to go before my birthday and surely one day away from the final destination.
I had it in my head that we were heading towards Tauranga - the only big town I could think of along the Bay of Plenty, the coast we were heading towards. But then Alex confused me 'It wont be long before we reach the next destination, but you cant have your next clue until tonight'.......WHAT??
Though once again, she couldnt help herself. I knew something major was up, as she couldnt stop shuffling in her seat and had this menacing little grin on her face the whole way from Gisbourne.
HOLY SHIT this wasnt a joke!!!! She began to explain - the whole entire trip had be a decoy - an excuse to drive around confusing me. She had been planning it for months and had managed to rustle up the funds for my ticket and accomdation from my parents and siblings as a birthday present. We were to be at Whakatane Wharf at 8am the following morning to catch a private boat to the Island ..... OMG!
Luckily, Alex caught the expression on my face - it was completely surreal - I honestly couldnt believe how amazing my friend was for doing this, for going to all this trouble..... but I guess whats what travel buddies are for! BIG TIME happines! :) I was going to White Island!!!!!!!