Our journey to the sunny Far North is now completed and we are back at home in Whangamata. The last few days of our trip have been quite busy one way or another. We spent the Wednesday and Thursday nights parked up at the Takapuna Motorcamp. We were both quite busy during each of the days and we ‘entertained’ on both evenings. It was great catching up with friends and family over the two days.
On Friday we headed off down to Hamilton to visit our Whangamata neighbour who is currently in hospital after taking a tumble down their internal stairs. A couple of leg fractures and a few skin grafts later the incident has forced a whole change of lifestyle on the couple. They have to sell their home and move to a single level property if they wish to remain independent.
While we were in Hamilton we uplifted grandson #4 (Caleb) and have him with us for the next few days. We decided to spend last night at the hot pools at Omokoroa in the Bay of Plenty. It makes babysitting just that wee bit easier. Dale Leggett (a friend who served in the Navy with us), joined us for 5 o’clockers so overall we had a very pleasant evening.
We left Omokoroa at about 10am this morning and arrived back home mid afternoon today (Saturday).
Over all we have had a brilliant seven weeks on the road. The Far North has some stunning country and bar none, we found all the people we met on our journey to be most helpful, friendly and in many cases, most generous (except for that nutter at Kerikeri – Gibby’s Place). If you ever get the opportunity to travel to the Far North, do not put it off – it’s a great trip.
So where to from here? We are heading to Raglan next weekend to do a bit of West Coast fishing then back home on Sunday. The following weekend we will have a full house for the 2013 Beach Hop. On Easter Weekend we are away to Melbourne to the Navy Reunion. Busy, busy!!
We will keep the blog updated as we travel around.