#21 - driving to greymouth....i mean, westport

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My morning run in Golden Bay!

*****DAY THIRTY-FOUR (Monday, January 5th) - A DAY OF LEARNING*****

I learned two very important things today...

1)  Always read a map CLOSELY when you are driving in a country with which you are not familiar.

2)  Always remember to charge your iPod before going on a long road trip where there isn't good radio reception!

So on #1, I ended up adding 70k to my trip today because of a wrong turn I took!  I was planning to make it to Greymouth, by way of the West Coast, but I took some inland route by mistake.  SO, I back-tracked because I really wanted to drive down the west coast and so I ended up staying in Westport instead of Greymouth.

Breakfast at the Wholemeal Cafe. OMG. SO delish! Poached eggs on toast with mushroom, tomato & potatos! LOVED this place. Service was slow, but the food was worth the wait!
..I just had to stop drving!

And #2, I was in the car for a LONG time today without a radio or iPod or anything.  I learned that I really am a pretty bad singer.  Don't get me wrong, I love singing & I'm not going to stop.  But man, I really can't hit some of those notes.  I sang so many random songs it was funny.  I've definitely been channeling my Camp Che-Na-Wah days and I've been singing so many songs that I can't even believe I remember.  There's the good old "If I had a hammer", "Rufus Rafus Johnson Brown" and "I'm going to teach you a new word today"...but I've also remembered some camp songs like the one to M*A*S*H (We think of all the years gone by, how we laughed and how we cried...the visions of our childhood years, reflected in each falling tear.

On my way to Greymouth (which actually turned out to be Westport - I'll explain later) - I "called in" to the Oaklys. Here's Aleisha & Tanika with eggs their chickens just laid!
...our memories shall never fade, so meaningful our friendships made, dark hills surround the silent lake, voices slowly growing dim.  Che-Na-Wah you have touched us, you bind our hearts forever, our paradise we love you Che-Na-Wah)  and Blue Bird's of Paradise (Blue Bird's of Paradise soaring with all our might, we are the seekers of hope, workign with Gold's Generations...we've learned to cope...through life we've had our bear of burdens we've had to bear, you've lead us to paradise!  With sportsmanship we'll be champions, though the days' over, we've all won, we'll shine on through!....so crazy that I remember that.  I learned it in 1982 & that was my first Blue & Gold).

Also, some of my high school cheers have been coming to mind.  Yes, I was a cheerleader.

The Oakly's chickens.
  And if anyone from Miraleste is reading, if you can help me remember this one, I would really appreciate it....."Tooooooooooo much...hey now, (this is what I don't know)....cuz with your pride, jump back, show us where it's at, cuz when it comes to winning, we're second to none, because we know, that you know, that we know we're number one!"  Please help me fill it in...it's been driving me crazy!

ANYWAY, I had a nice run in the morning on Golden Bay, followed by a DELICIOUS breakfast at Wholemeal - but I do have to say that the highlight of my day was that I got to "call in" and see Kelly, Aleisha and Tanika for lunch today!!!  It was wonderful to see them & I really hope that we will stay in touch!!

So - I got to a decent enough hostel in Westport and it was EMP-TY!  Seriously, there was barely anyone there it was crazy.

Aleisha, Kelly & Tanika! My new friends in Tapawera! :) SO good to see you guys!!
  I did meet this nice guy Nathan when we were both cooking dinner in the kitchen.  We ended up watching Wedding Crashers together later.  It was nice to just sit and watch a movie actually!

Oh - I forgot - the other "highlight" of my day was when Nathan and I were watching Wedding Crashers & this guy came out of his room in a t-shirt, a towel slung over his shoulder & these bright green underwear with designs all over therm.  They seriously looked like a pair of underwear that a 5 year old would wear.  We were dying!  He said hi to us & then walked down the hall.  We really didn't know what to say or do - we were just trying not to laugh too loud.  Anyway, then after a little while, he came back - in the underwear & went back into his room.  Later, he actually came out and joined us to watch the movies...thank god he decided to put some shorts on.  Not sure what that was all about - but I'm sure it had to do with some cultural difference.  Anyway, it was very funny nonetheless!

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My morning run in Golden Bay!
My morning run in Golden Bay!
Breakfast at the Wholemeal Cafe.  …
Breakfast at the Wholemeal Cafe. …
On my way to Greymouth (which actu…
On my way to Greymouth (which act…
The Oaklys chickens.
The Oakly's chickens.
Aleisha, Kelly & Tanika!  My new f…
Aleisha, Kelly & Tanika! My new …
I thought this was classic - its …
I thought this was classic - it's…
Flowers at the Nalders house in G…
Flowers at the Nalder's house in …
More flowers where I was staying.
More flowers where I was staying.
Picture of downtown Takaka.
Picture of "downtown" Takaka.
The Wholemeal Cafe.  YUM.
The Wholemeal Cafe. YUM.
Golden Bay Area Office.  Ha.  Get …
Golden Bay Area Office. Ha. Get…
I finally tasted some honey today!…
I finally tasted some honey today…
I have no idea why I took this pic…
I have no idea why I took this pi…
I also have no idea why I took thi…
I also have no idea why I took th…
My hostel in Westport!  It was so …
My hostel in Westport! It was so…
Another shot of the hostel.  I sta…
Another shot of the hostel. I st…
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