Jungle by the Sea

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Today when we woke up it was cloudy so we were a little discouraged but decided we would head to the beach anyway. We chose to go to Piha instead of Muriwai because there was a nearby waterfall we were keen to see. We headed out through the windy road to Piha. It was a blue sky but definitely a very windy day. We spent our time walking along the beach (burning the bottoms of our feet because the sand was so hot), climbing Lions Rock to get a great view and many photo ops.

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Emzie and I are getting really good at perfecting the action shots…we make a great team she snapping and me jumping.  After our climb down we got to enjoy a scrumptious picnic followed by a quick lay down on the beach. I have burnt my shoulders and back pretty badly so I resorted to covering my body with a towel today. The girls commented that they don’t think I can get any darker…their comments pleased me. I lurve being dark!

Next we ventured off to find the Kitekite Falls. After finding the right road to park on, it was an enjoyable forty minute walk through jungle like greenery and a lot of uphill walking. The mini hike exhausted us all. In the end it was worth the walk because the three tier waterfall was gorgeous. The falls were pretty crowded with other swimmers and photographers so we didn’t quite get the secluded waterfall experience we were hoping for. There was a pool at the base of the falls it which we all decided to swim in regardless of the temperature (which was quite cold). EXTREMELY cold. I feared my legs were going numb but the girls encouraged me to breathe through the numbness!

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Tomorrow is our rest and organization day before our 5 day roadtrip to Cape Reinga, Bay of Islands and Goat Island. Not sure how much access I will have to free internet so it may be awhile until my next blog post. This everyday blogging can’t last forever J

Again, thanks to our beautiful Ana for pitching in and helping with the blog.

Buddha Blessings
xox Amanda + Ana

P.S. Kristy is going to share some cool stuff in the next blog. Can’t wait. Thanks for the great blog title too. The photos shared today were a combination of all four of our cameras. It’s great to have a variety of pictures to chose from!!!

A Saturday full of sunshine, screams and smiles….

I am once again up-to-date on my photos on facebook. Feels great!

IMG_2734Our 10 hour day trip was a huge success! We began the day around 7am and quickly ate breakfast and packed a picnic lunch. Making homemade sandwiches is such a blast! Always such a great picnic option! It took us just under 2.5 hours to drive to Rotorua. We had bought tickets online last night for our gondola + 3 luge rides + skyswing at Skyline Rotorua. It was a gorgeous 24 degree day with not a cloud in the sky.

We rode the gondola up and chose to head towards the skyswing first.  We were all eager to do it….well all but one. Emzie rode it a few weeks back when her parents first arrived in town. She is not a fan of heights so it wasn’t the most pleasant experience for her. Being the trooper that she is she daringly decided to brave it again. The swing gives you a nice view of Rotorua. You get strapped into your harness that is attached to a three seater swing. The swing takes you 50 metres above ground level and drops you 150kph in 2 seconds. If money wasn’t a concern I would have done the swing at least one more time. It was such an amazing experience. Watching Ana and Kristy on their ride was fun too. It’s so much fun watching people who are laughing and smiling so purely and freely. Happiness is just such a great feeling. I wish we could all experience it more.  (The videos are posted on facebook!)

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After the swings we headed off for 3 luge rides. I had fun the first time but I definitely had more fun this time around. The sun was shining and the 4 of us riding together down the slopes was a thrill. The first time down the track we chose the scenic route, it was pretty fun but we didn’t go that fast since two of us were beginners. On the second ride down we were movin’ down, passing each other and laughing the whole way down. It reminded Ana of real life Mario Cart. On our last trip we stopped on all of the pull outs for a few photo ops on our carts. We captured fun group shots at the dinosaurs. Luge was definitely a blast!
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IMG_2741When we were done we had a lovely picnic at Kuirua Park which was not too far from the ‘Skyline Rotorua.’  It was a gorgeous day and we had packed a wonderful lunch which we thoroughly enjoyed after all of the activities in the hot sun. Next we went to ‘Zorb’ for Ana and Kristy to give it a try since we had so much fun before. They also went down two at a time and had a blast!

The drive home was around 3 hours in the hot hot van. Our air-conditioning doesn’t work and our speakers died on the way home but that didn’t stop us from LOVING our little road trip.We are looking forward to another beach day tomorrow at Muriwai.

A huge thank you to Ana for being a special co-writer on this blog. Maybe I can convince her to help out more in the future 🙂

xox Buddha Blessings
Amanda + Ana