I have been meaning to keep you up on my doings here much more diligently than has been the case, but one of the reasons for my apparent negligence is that I came down with a stomach/intestinal virus that had me laid up for 36 hours. I won’t go into any details, but I’ll just let you know that I lost about 5 lbs (2.3 kg) in the process. I’m well on the mend now and am feeling very nearly back to normal.
Last week CD and I booked a night in a bed & breakfast place on a little island out in the Hauraki Gulf. We caught the ferry in Auckland and rode for about 20 minutes out to Waiheke (rhymes with hi, Mickey) Island and had the better part of two days of fun, adventure, and lots of walking/climbing exercise. On our first day, we rode the bus pretty much as far as we could to get a general feeling for the parts of the Island that we had not seen on our single previous visit 6 years ago. We found our accommodation, the Punga Lodge, on line, and though it was nothing fancy, it was clean, comfortable, and perfectly adequate for our brief stay, nestled in a little valley about 10 minutes’ walk east of the town of Oneroa. Though we had no oceanscape vista, the view of the thick bush from our little deck was luscious and serene.
On our second day, after a breakfast of fruit and huge homemade blueberry muffins, we undertook a walking tour starting a leisurely stroll along the beach of Little Oneroa Bay, which was only a few minutes’ walk back toward town. I always look for interesting shells and hermit crabs whenever I get the chance, and I was not disappointed.
Then we took deep breaths and headed up a staircase to a path along the higher reaches of the hillside, through the Valley of Tranquility, and eventually to a road and back to town. We have greatly enjoyed our getting to know this little spot of serenity, and we’re considering an extended stay (maybe a month) within the next few years. Stay tuned!