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FIRST BLOG ENTRY
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START OF TRIP
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(where we bought the boat)
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What a beautiful change..... Leaving the dock was like lifting a huge weight off our shoulders. Other than ordering some more school supplies online, we have spent 0 dollars in just over a week! Whoo-hooo!
And in exchange for not spending money we have been given some AMAZING views, and great times.... A friend said on Facebook today, "My goal is to build a life I don't need a vacation from."
We are feeling that we have achieved that this week.
Our first stop after leaving Whangarei was Urqhart Bay. This is the bay we saw from land when we hiked the trail a few times. A hotspot for scallops, we dove just after we anchored and within 10 minutes we had our daily limit!
|Back to using the solar oven!|
|Scallops after Shelley's magic.....|
|Our stores are full!|
|Making a "regulation size" ALPHA flag for diving...|
We stayed a few days and got the boat ready for sea. The day we left, we had a light breeze from the north west which gave us a beam reach all the way to The Great Barrier Island (aka Aotea). A few hours from the mainland, this island is a world unto itself. With majestic cliffs and sandy beaches it has given us so much. There are about 950 inhabitants on the Island who host literally hundreds of visiting boats from the mainland and beyond.
|Our FIXED asymmetrical.....|
|Approaching Great Barrier Island...|
Locals say this island has some of the best sheltered harbors, beaches, fishing, snorkeling, diving and surfing in New Zealand. So far, we can't disagree...
Our first anchorage was just around the corner from Port Fitzroy, one of the two main settlements on the island.
|The Island Information Center.|
|The General Store.|
|Port Fitzroy harbor...|
|One of the two hikers huts....|
|Lots of outhouses along the way....|
|Some of the more popular trails are very well kept...|
|I love this shot.... Our dinghy and our home.....|
|To protect the fragile Kauri Trees, hikers are suppose to clean their shoes in and out of the forest....|
|These pathways are intended to keep hikers from damaging the Kauri trees....|
|One of our many picnics....|
|Community fire pit.|
|Used to heat the bath/shower water|
|For really brave bathers.....|
|For the rest of us......|
|A seagull on my NEW engine!|
|This trail is REALLY steep....|
|Lunch at the top...|
|The tricky bit....|
|We hiked from the upper left side of the image....|