Wednesday, May 7, 2008
Keeping on Moving
Over the past few weeks, the hunt for cold water waves took us on a tour over 4,000 kilometers around the entire South Island of New Zealand. Huge mountains, raging rivers, glaciers, rugged coastlines, lush forests, barren landscapes, endless farms surrounded by rolling hills and spiky mountains was the scenery always in the frame of the car windows. It was almost too much to take in sometimes. My mind found it difficult to grasp all the incredibleness that each day would bring. Looking back at the pictures only to be disappointed, knowing that an image will never capture what we saw in it’s entirety. Things that you can’t get from an image, like the true mass of a mountain. The feeling of being surrounded by so many large natural features that you feel so small and unimportant. The vast emptiness of a beach. The sound of the sea crashing on rocks and the cry of birds and seals. The thundering of waves on your pillow at night as you try to go to sleep. And then the colors the landscape would give off when the sun broke through the clouds.
Our tour of the South Island didn’t leave us with too many waves, but it was more than worth the journey. We are currently making our way to the North Island and to the Taranaki area. There is a good sized swell coming to the West Coast and we’re hoping to tap some of it’s energy. Andrew is arriving to join us on the 12th and we will officially have a crew. The car is doing ok considering how many miles we’ve put on the ol’ girl. Still dealing with the same issues of a decent sized oil leak and the newly discovered sound of the CV joints going out (yes, I did just had them replaced a few months ago) . But I’m optimistic that I can get the car to last another month. Cause that’s all I need out if it.
After almost 6 months, I’ve decided to start making my way home and finally leave New Zealand. My sister’s wedding is August 31st and I will be home for that. I’m going to taking the long way back as I’ve just booked myself a ticket to Indonesia in June with a brief stop in Australia. Lots of craziness on the way. As I wave goodbye to the South Island, it’ll probably be the last time I see it, on this trip anyways, I couldn’t be more excited for what’s to come.