#20 - from nelson to golden bay

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My morning run in Nelson...it was nicer than it looks in this picture!

*****DAY THIRTY-TWO (Saturday, January 3rd) - WOW, DRIVING, & GOLDEN BAY*****

I got a great run in this morning along the water in Nelson.  The weather wasn't *that* great & it was definitely windy...but it was so nice to be on the water!  After my run, it was time for me to leave.  Joy & Larry were so nice and connected me with some friends of theirs in Golden Bay - Sonia & Jim, so I was going to head over there to hang out with them!  SO fun!  :)

On my way out of town, I got to use my free pass to the WOW museum.  I actually had a pass for 2 adults & 3 children so I gave it to a family I saw at the entrance & they paid for me to get in.

WOW museum - World of Wearable Art.
  I'm glad that I didn't have to waste the value of that pass!  Anyway, the museum was VERY cool.  They have this whole antique car show & then the Wearable Arts part is just so cool.  SO creative.  Outfits are made out of alllll kinds of materials & it is all just so interesting.  A very worthwhile stop.

Then, I had my first (and only so far - knock on wood!) little car incident.  I was driving out to Takaka & there was this little bridge I had to drive over.  It had a sign that said that wide cars should be careful.  Not that I was in a wide car, but I think it made me a bit nervous.  Well, I definitely was driving a bit to my left & all of a sudden I heard this horrible crunching kind of sound & I kind of bounced off the side of the bridge.

  I thought I had messed up the front of my car!  I eventually pulled over & realized that I had only lost my hubcap.  I even went back to see if I could find it, but it really was no use.  I think I was very lucky that it was just a hubcap & there wasn't any other damage!  :)  I'm planning on that being IT for car stories for me!

So, I got to Golden Bay and drove into Sonia & Jim's driveway. They live in this gorgeous 2 story house in the middle of a farm.  My room was SO nice I couldn't believe it!  Sonia and I sat outside and chit chatted for a bit & then I set out to do a bit of touring.

I was a little hungry so I went into town to get a wee snack (like that...."wee" snack) & ended up with fish & chips!  I think I got a bit too much but I figured it was about time I tried them!  And "downtown" Takaka was so interesting.

Me, getting artsy.
  It is like a mini version of Haight-Ashbury...there were so many dreadlocks, barefeet and funky outfits all over the place.  I learned later that Golden Bay is a huge pot-growing region so it definitely all makes sense.

Anyway, I went out to Pupu Springs & did the little walk there.  It's a natural spring that was cool to see - not the most exciting thing, but a good little half hour jaunt.  Then, on my way back to Sonia & Jim's house, I stopped on the beach and just sat on the golden sands and watched the sun start to set.  It was SO peaceful.  I really loved just sitting there with the sand between my toes, breathing in the fresh air.  I took a video of when I was sitting there & I know I'm going to be playing it when I'm back in my "real" life to bring me back to that moment!!

When I got back to the Nadler's house they had just had dinner.

That's me running against the wind.
  So, even though I had had fish and chips earlier, I just had to partake!  Yummy grilled fish & beetroot salad!  YUM.

I was so excited to go to sleep that night....I had the BEST bed!!!  Definitely the things you REALLY appreciate when you are traveling.  :)

*****DAY THIRTY-THREE (Sunday, January 4th) - A *GOLDEN* DAY IN GOLDEN BAY*****

Sonia & Jim & I went out to Farewell Spit today.  The tippy-top of the South Island and there's a very beautiful white-sand beach out there called Whariki.  It was SOOO windy when we got out there!  Very fun little walk though and it was nice to spend time with Sonia & Jim -- again, another incredibly warm, welcoming, friendly NZ couple.  We got a little bit to eat (Lizzie, yes - I'm still writing about the food I'm eating & showing pictures of it!  :)) and had the BEST green-lipped mussells.

Picture of the shadows of flax.
  OMG. They were SO good!

After lunch, Sonia & Jim headed home & I decided to go chill on a beach for the rest of the day.  I found a nice little spot and just read & napped & walked in the water.  It was nice to just hang out for a bit.

THEN, the funniest thing happened.  I was driving back towards their house & I crossed this bridge where there were three guys jumping off the bridge into the river.  As I was driving by I realized that one of them was NICK!  The Oakly's Elaine Bay neighbor.  SOOOO random.  Seriously, Golden Bay is not very close to Nelson or Elaine Bay & it was SO random that I happened to drive by the bridge and see them.  We were cracking up! 

After that I went to the Naked Possum Inn to see the rata trees that were in bloom (we had read an article about them actually when I was in Nelson).

NO WAY!!!!! I ran into Nick (Joy & Larry's neighbor in Elaine Bay, who we had run into at the Nelson Jazz Fest) hanging out with friends jumping off this bridge. THAT WAS SO RANDOM!!!!
...then I stopped at the Mussell Inn on the way home to check out the scene....and then went home.  We just hung out, ate dinner & I was off to bed.  The Nalders were such wonderful hosts - I feel so lucky that I was able to meet them and spend time with them!

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My morning run in Nelson...it was …
My morning run in Nelson...it was…
WOW museum - World of Wearable Art.
WOW museum - World of Wearable Art.
Me, getting artsy.
Me, getting artsy.
Thats me running against the wind.
That's me running against the wind.
Picture of the shadows of flax.
Picture of the shadows of flax.
NO WAY!!!!!  I ran into Nick (Joy …
NO WAY!!!!! I ran into Nick (Joy…
Okay, Mom & Dad...heres something…
Okay, Mom & Dad...here's somethin…
The flax.  Trying to get a good sh…
The flax. Trying to get a good s…
Car at the WOW museum.
Car at the WOW museum.
Patrick, the owner of Rimu Grove W…
Patrick, the owner of Rimu Grove …
Whoops....my first car accident. :…
Whoops....my first car accident. …
Sign at Pupu Springs.
Sign at Pupu Springs.
Pupu Springs.  Funny that Pupu Spr…
Pupu Springs. Funny that Pupu Sp…
This is the water bubbling in.
This is the water bubbling in.
Hanging on the beach at Pohara Bea…
Hanging on the beach at Pohara Be…
I took that by accident - kind of …
I took that by accident - kind of…
Steph, I know how much you love th…
Steph, I know how much you love t…
This is the ring that I bought in …
This is the ring that I bought in…
So pretty!
So pretty!
This is where I was sitting on Poh…
This is where I was sitting on Po…
Dedicated to Michelle Wildstein & …
Dedicated to Michelle Wildstein &…
This is where I stayed in Golden B…
This is where I stayed in Golden …
My bed in Golden Bay!  AH!!!!
My bed in Golden Bay! AH!!!!
View of Farewell Spit.
View of Farewell Spit.
My Golden Bay hosts - Sonya & Jim …
My Golden Bay hosts - Sonya & Jim…
Wharariki Beach.  SO beautiful.  W…
Wharariki Beach. SO beautiful. …
Guess who?  :)  Have you seen that…
Guess who? :) Have you seen tha…
Sonya & Jim walking on the beach. …
Sonya & Jim walking on the beach.…
Cool rocks.
Cool rocks.
We were tyring to make it look lik…
We were tyring to make it look li…
Cool sand dunes.
Cool sand dunes.
The trail to get to the beach.  I …
The trail to get to the beach. I…
Beautiful farm we walked through t…
Beautiful farm we walked through …
I just love to take pictures of si…
I just love to take pictures of s…
Green lipped mussels in a curry & …
Green lipped mussels in a curry &…
Hanging on Puwkawa beach (is that …
Hanging on Puwkawa beach (is that…
It was HOT.  Thats me with my sar…
It was HOT. That's me with my sa…
Im getting so artistic with my sh…
I'm getting so artistic with my s…
Rata trees in bloom.
Rata trees in bloom.
At the Naked Possum...they have al…
At the Naked Possum...they have a…
This was the track that I walked f…
This was the track that I walked …
Thats my car with the steering wh…
That's my car with the steering w…
I stopped in at the Mussel Inn. WO…
I stopped in at the Mussel Inn. W…
A better picture of where I stayed…
A better picture of where I staye…
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