#16 - my trip to elaine bay & french pass
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So then I was off!!! I was heading out to Elaine Bay in the Malborough Sounds to see Joy Oakly & her family. Joy is Brett Lamb's (of Fleet Feet fame) aunt & he connected us. The ride out to Elaine Bay was NUTS. (and I now realize since I'm actually writing this blog after I've been driving for awhile that it was some of the hardest driving I would do!) The roads were long and windy.... (and Ron is back in 90...just a little reference for Camp Che-Na-Wah girls)...but seriously, they were so crazy. I was definitely nervous...but I obviously made it out there and it was DEFINITELY worth it. It was SOOOOOOOOOOO spectaculary gorgeous!
When I got to the house I met the whole Oakly clan - Larry & Joy Oakly.
Then, after dinner - their neighbor, Nick, came over to visit. Then, we had a crazy game of hide & seek with Aleisha & Tatiana. I was laughing so hard when Tatiana and I were trying to hide underneath the bed inside. I seriously hadn't laughed that hard in so long.
All around such a wonderful day! I met such nice people & I was staying in such an unbelievably gorgeous place. HUGE thanks to Brett for connecting me with Joy! :)
*****DAY TWENTY-SEVEN (Monday, December 29, 2008) - LOVING THE OAKLYS & ELAINE BAY*****
I got up this morning and went for a run on the Archer Track. It runs right along their property & wraps around the bay. What a great way to start the day!
Then I had a yummy, very kiwi breakfast of yogurt, muesli, canned apricots & wheatbix! I actually really like wheatbix (I might be spelling it wrong, but you know what I mean).
Then, we all headed out to French Pass...it's one of the most northern places you can get to in the sounds.
After dinner, we found a couple new games to play....called "listen to Rocky's iPod" and "take pictures with Rocky's camera". It was very cute. Aleisha & Tanika kept going back and forth with either wanting to listen to the ipod or to wanting to take pictures. I had such a great time with all of the Oaklys! I may get to see them again when I'm on my way down to the West Coast b/c Michael and Kelly live on the way down from Nelson towards Westport....so we'll see! Hopefully I'll be able to "call in" on my way down!