Gypsy Jottings #5
“Bravery and adventure! That’s the ticket! Don’t sit and gather moss. Get up, get out, do what you dream of doing. And if it doesn’t work, it doesn’t work, and you don’t need to make that particular mistake again. But at least you won’t get old wondering what if you had.” (Garrison Keillor)
It was 18 months ago that we took the plunge and embarked on this gypsy adventure … 18 months ago that we traded our four-bedroom suburban house for a handsome 9-metre-long TrailLite … 18 months ago that we joined other Kiwi nomads, roaming the highways and byways of Godzone, and having the time of our lives.
It’s hard to describe the sense of freedom we feel each time the big diesel roars into life and, with a grin and a high-five, we rumble off on yet another adventure. It’s hard to miss the stressful can’t-stop-now-gotta-go rush, plus the mind-numbing traffic hold-ups that we previously took for granted. And it’s hard to remember all the oh-my-gosh highlights we’ve encountered thus far in New Zealand’s nifty nooks and crannies. We’ve already explored selected bits of this gorgeous country – Northland, East Cape, the South Island’s stunning West Coast – and could do it all again tomorrow, we’ve had so much fun!
But, in between our more serious expeditions, we’ve also enjoyed heaps of shorter stopovers, one-nighters and longish weekends in places that deserve a mention. Like what? Well, like the Paeroa and the Highland Tattoo … the oh-so-lovely Taranaki Coast … Whanganui, Ohakune and spectacular National Park … rural Waiuku, where we park up with family and catch up with friends … Whangamata and the Coromandel, which we return to again and again … and the North Wellington/Wairarapa region, which we eyeballed this year for the first (not the last) time.
Here, for the record (and at the risk of boring you silly), are some random pix from those in-between moments over the past 18 months. (Hold the cursor over a photo to check where it was taken. Click on it to enlarge.) Enjoy …
JOHN & ROBYN
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