#9 - last day in kerikeri! mountain biking, parrots & a last delicious meal with the Scahills!
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*****DAY NINE (Thursday, December 11th): LAST DAY IN KERIKERI*****
Today I got a little taste of the town of Kerikeri. Pam drove me into town in the morning & since she was attending Sam's prize-giving (Sam is Chris & Wendy's daughter/Pam's granddaughter), I thought it would be fun to walk around town for a few hours. Oh, and "prize-giving"is basically the end of the year assembly where they give awards to people in the class.
So, I had time to walk through the entire town of Kerikeri....basically because the downtown is about 5 or 6 blocks long! :) It is so cute & there are a lot of little cafes, stores, etc . I settled into a little coffee shop for awhile.
Then when I left the coffee shop, I wandered into a little silver jewelry place. There was the nicest girl working at the counter. We actually ended up chatting for a half hour or so. She was telling me all about Kerikeri and why she's so happy she moved here from Auckland.
Anyway, after our little chat - that ended on a much more positive note, by the way - I ended up making my first purchase of my trip! I bought this awesome silver ring in the shape of a Koru.
I think met up with Pam, Wendy, Chris, and Sam for lunch at the Fishbone. Sam had just won the "best girl" in her class (I'm actually not sure of the exact title - but that's what it meant) at her prize-giving! Very exciting. :)
After lunch, I had my first mountain biking experience! Wendy took me to a beautiful trail and I was all excited to try out mountain biking. I've done lots of road biking, but I've actually never been on a mountain bike on a real mountain bike trail so honestly, I was a bit nervous.
After my mountain biking adventure - we finally had time to go visit the Parrot Place. I had heard so much about it - I was very excited to see it!!! What a wonderful place they had created.
Then, it was so funny - Pam and I got back into the car and she said exactly what I was thinking, "Wine time!" :) So, we went back to their house and had some savvie and cheese & crackers in their backyard. It was a gorgeous evening and it was so nice to be able to sit outside! They both have such a great sense of humor and a great attitude about life - it's been wonderful spending time with them.
That night for dinner, they made lamb & roast veggies - and the carrots were fresh out of their garden.
This was really such a special way to start my trip through New Zealand. SO wonderful to stay with such a warm, welcoming, fun family. I am so grateful to Pam, Peter, Wendy, Chris, Sam and Tim for making Kerikeri such an amazing experience for me! I feel so lucky that I met Julia in San Francisco and that she was so kind to introduce me to her family! Aroahanui to the Kerikeri & San Francisco Scahills and a big fat MWAH!