#16 - my trip to elaine bay & french pass

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View from the deck of Elaine Bay!
*****DAY TWENTY-SIX CONT.(Sunday, December 28, 2008) - DRIVING OUT TO ELAINE BAY*****

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.

Tanika and Aleisha, my beach tour guides. :)
..then there was Larry's son, Michael... Michael's wife, Kelly...and their girls Aleisha and Tanika.  Everyone was so nice!  I pretty much immediately went down to the beach with the girls to play in the water & look for sand crabs.  They were so much fun!  After we came back from the beach, Joy and Larry made a DELICIOUS dinner of fresh fish (I think they had caught it the day before!) and we sat out on the deck overlooking the sound.  Wow - life is very good.

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.

Self portrait on my morning run!

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.

Dinner with the Oaklys.
  It was really a gorgeous drive & I have to admit, I was happy not to be driving!  Joy drove me out there while Larry biked out there....and then Larry drove me home while Joy biked back!  We went out with Michael, Kelly & the girls...had a nice little picnic...and then came back.  And then, guess where we went....to the beach...to find crabs!  Definitely one of the girls' favorite activities.   And I have to admit, I quite enjoyed myself as well!  :)  (that was phrased very kiwi)  We would sit there and continue to turn over rocks until a bunch of little crabs ran out.  We could've been down there for hours!  :) 

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!

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View from the deck of Elaine Bay!
View from the deck of Elaine Bay!
Tanika and Aleisha, my beach tour …
Tanika and Aleisha, my beach tour…
Self portrait on my morning run!
Self portrait on my morning run!
Dinner with the Oaklys.
Dinner with the Oaklys.
Driving through Marlborough wine c…
Driving through Marlborough wine …
Okiwi Bay.
Okiwi Bay.
Okiwi Bay.
Okiwi Bay.
Sign to Elaine Bay!  Woo hoo!
Sign to Elaine Bay! Woo hoo!
View from deck of Elaine Bay.
View from deck of Elaine Bay.
More views of Elaine Bay.
More views of Elaine Bay.
Aleisha and Tanika getting all dre…
Aleisha and Tanika getting all dr…
The beach.
The beach.
Tanika pulling her pants up so she…
Tanika pulling her pants up so sh…
View from the beach.
View from the beach.
We found a starfish and a snail.  …
We found a starfish and a snail. …
The beach.
The beach.
On the beach looking at Elaine Bay.
On the beach looking at Elaine Bay.
A crabbie!
A crabbie!
Aleisha getting soaking wet!
Aleisha getting soaking wet!
Yum - fresh fish for dinner!
Yum - fresh fish for dinner!
More fresh fish for dinner!
More fresh fish for dinner!
Scallops!
Scallops!
Nightime view from where I was sta…
Nightime view from where I was st…
Nighttime view from where I was st…
Nighttime view from where I was s…
Hello car!  :)
Hello car! :)
Thats a weka - not found everywhe…
That's a weka - not found everywh…
My running trail!  The Archer Trac…
My running trail! The Archer Tra…
So cute - these chairs were set up…
So cute - these chairs were set u…
Shots taken from my morning run.
Shots taken from my morning run.
Just so pretty!
Just so pretty!
More from my morning run - the clo…
More from my morning run - the cl…
Another beach we went to on Elaine…
Another beach we went to on Elain…
How appropriate!  The Pacific Diam…
How appropriate! The Pacific Dia…
Driving out to French Pass.
Driving out to French Pass.
Baaaaaaa.
Baaaaaaa.
Joy Oakly - Brett Lambs aunt!
Joy Oakly - Brett Lamb's aunt!
View from the car.
View from the car.
Views driving out to French Pass.
Views driving out to French Pass.
Pohutukawas...see, it just rolls o…
Pohutukawas...see, it just rolls …
I just love the color of the water!
I just love the color of the water!
There were tons of these jellyfish!
There were tons of these jellyfish!
Lunch with the Oaklys - Larry, Kel…
Lunch with the Oaklys - Larry, Ke…
My new best friends!
My new best friends!
A view back on where we had our pi…
A view back on where we had our p…
At the lookout over French Pass.
At the lookout over French Pass.
French Pass self-portrait.
French Pass self-portrait.
Larry biking up French Pass Road.
Larry biking up French Pass Road.
On the way back to Elaine Bay from…
On the way back to Elaine Bay fro…
The greens and blues were incredib…
The greens and blues were incredi…
Joy biking back to Elaine Bay from…
Joy biking back to Elaine Bay fro…
Moooooooo.
Moooooooo.
A gorgeous shot of Elaine Bay.
A gorgeous shot of Elaine Bay.
Tanika & Aleisha Oakly enjoying my…
Tanika & Aleisha Oakly enjoying m…
Photo by Tanika.
Photo by Tanika.
Aleisha loves my iPod!
Aleisha loves my iPod!
Photo by Aleisha of Tankia.
Photo by Aleisha of Tankia.
Photo by Aleisha of Kelly.
Photo by Aleisha of Kelly.
Photo by Aleshia of Nana Joy.
Photo by Aleshia of Nana Joy.
Photo by Tanika of Nick.
Photo by Tanika of Nick.
Photo by Aleisha of Larry.
Photo by Aleisha of Larry.
My new BFFs listening to music.
My new BFFs listening to music.
Me & Tanika.
Me & Tanika.
Self-portrait by Aleisha.
Self-portrait by Aleisha.
Picture by Aleisha.
Picture by Aleisha.
Larry getting his truck ready to g…
Larry getting his truck ready to …
Shortbread and Nigel.
Shortbread and Nigel.
Last shot of Elaine Bay before I l…
Last shot of Elaine Bay before I …
New Seal.  Insert Arrested Develop…
New Seal. Insert Arrested Develo…
Okiwi Bay on the way out of the So…
Okiwi Bay on the way out of the S…
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