#28 - hanging in wanaka for a few days! have i mentioned that i love this place?!?
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*****DAY FORTY-ONE (Monday, January 12th) - HIKING, RUNNING & CHILILNG IN WANAKA****
My day started with doing sun salutations & a little be of meditation by the lake! I really love starting my day that way & I'm not sure why I don't do it more often.
I decided to do a little hiking in the morning so I headed out towards Diamond Lake. On my way out there, I decided to swing by the Stonehouse B & B to bmeet Jamie and Anna Kate. They are friends of Chris & Heidi (who are friends of Raf & Megan, who I haven't met yet) - but they told me that I should go introduce myself. So, I literally just drove up, knocked on the door and said "Hi, Chris and Heidi told me to come say hi, I don't know them yet, but.
So, then I went on to Diamond Lake & hiked for a little bit. I ran into an Israeli couple who were going rock climbing. It was interesting, we talked a bit about what's been going on over there & if it's hard for them to travel being from Israel, etc.
Anyway, the rest of the hike was beautiful and I got to see a good vantage point of where I parasailed the day before.
After that I came back into town & stopped by Racer's Edge because I heard that they might have a wetsuit I could borrow for the swim as well - I was just piecing my whole swim event situation. So, not sure if I already explained this - but they had all these events around the fact that the Wanaka Challenge was coming up the next weekend (an Ironman). So, I signed up to volunteer to help out with the event, I decided to do a 5k (that was happening tonight) and I wanted to do the mile swim tomorrrow.
So, then it was on to the 5k! It was such a cute event! We did a 5K through the Rippon vineyard & through some resort. It totally kicked my butt, but it was really fun to be involved in it. I felt like I was at a RadRockyD type of event....they had all these raffle prizes after & it was just so fun to be involved in it!
That night I went to dinner at the Speight's Ale House with Ted, the sheep farmer from England & some of the other folks at his hostel.
When I got back, I had two new "roomies" - Tali and Lilach, from Israel. They were very cool girls & we hung out chatting for awhile while watching Friends.
*****DAY FORTY-TWO (Tuesday, January 13th) - A VERY CHILL DAY*****
Went to my favorite, Kai Whakapai, for breakfast with Tali and Lilach. I was so sad they were leaving today - it would have been fun to hang out with them for longer. Tali lives in Jerusalem and Lilach actually lives close to Kiryat Shimona (in the north) - the sister city with the San Francisco Jewish Community Federation. She couldn't believe that I had been there three times! We all definitely connected and on my next trip to Israel, I will definitely look them up! :)
The rest of the day was pretty mellow - I did some errands, picked up my wetsuit from the girl at Racers Edge so I'd be ready for tomorrow morning, went to the post office & spent some time planning the next few days.
I had dinner at Relishes again - this time by myself. I'm definitely getting used to eating alone & it's actually quite enjoyable!
When I got back to my room, I once again had a new "roomie" for the night. This time it was Phil from England. Such a nice guy & he had actually just climbed Mt.
*****DAY FORTY-THREE (Wednesday, January 14th) - OMG! CRAZY DAY!****
I got up this morning at 6am to get my butt down to the lake to get ready for the swim. Turns out they had some trial wetsuits for the race that we could use, so I didn't have to use the girl from Racer's Edge wetsuit (which was one for used for surfing) after all.
After the swim I had to race back to the hostel, quickly change & eat something to get ready for rock climbing! I got picked up at 9am (it was a very quick turnaround) and off we went! I was in a group with two kids & their parents were there to watch as well. It was so much fun! I actually felt like I did really well at the beginning of the day, but by the end - man, I was pooped.
When I got back, I had my volunteer meeting for the Wanaka Challenge. I didn't realize that this was only the third year that they've ever done this event! So cool. I have to admit, I got all teary-eyed listening to people talk about how excited they were for the race & how thankful they were for the volunteers, etc. It felt really good to be a part of the event. OH - and I ended up sitting next to this girl, Katie, who worked for the parasailing company & I had met her a few days before - so that was fun to know someone!
After the meeting, I met Phil at Cinema Paradiso.
What a FUN FUN FUN day! :)