|Last Night on the Beach|
This morning, while mom slept, Dad and I walked down the stone beach that we discovered yesterday. The beach had a really cool vibe, barely any people, and hardly any trash. We then drove to the near by town of Blenheim to access cell service for our cell internet stick and to eat good, hardy breakfast. Soon, though, we were on the road again, this time to the small town of Murchison.
The drive to Murchison lasted about two hours, during which the weather pulled a “one-eighty,” and the sun glared off our roasting mini van. For the majority of the drive I was completing a math test that my dad graded shortly after. I scored a ninety-two percent and passed! If I score anything less then a ninety percent, my dad writes a new test and makes me retake the twenty problems. Thankfully, I did not have to retake the test! During the time that I was not working, I read the Lord of the Rings. Frodo and company are currently enduring a nasty blizzard and are left with few options of escape. My mellow doings in the back of the van were interrupted by the car coming to a stop. We had arrived!
Murchison is the home of the New Zealand Kayak School. The school grounds consist of a wide lawn and several lodge buildings with kayaks and other boating gear inside. The staff here teach kayaking. I will be taking two four day kids courses and my parents will be taking a rescue course and an adult class.
After parking our camper and eating a good dinner, we set off to hike to a small ridge with a good view of the town. The hike was only about forty-five minutes long. We made our way up through bushes and vines. The view was spectacular! At the top was a small, simple bench where we sat for awhile, talking about the world trip so far, before deciding to head back down. On the way down, I enjoyed running, jumping, and swinging from trees and vines hanging over the trail. Soon, we headed home to get a good night’s rest before our courses tomorrow.
|One of the Views from our Hike|
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