Day 6

Trip Start Apr 08, 2009
Trip End May 15, 2009

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Monday, April 13, 2009

6:30am wake up call to look out and see Tauranga awaiting us! We set off this morning on an excursion to the Kaituna Jet Boat Tour and Kiwi Farm. After boarding the Kaituna Jet that per their advertisement says "is build for speed" we were wondering why no one else wanted to sit in the back seat. Being the good volunteers that we are, we took our seats and later discovered the reasoning. In our minds however we were the lucky ones, as the blast of water in your face is unlike no other. We set out on a 12 km journey up the Kaituna river with beautiful scenery along the way (what you could catch as you flew by that is). Fast and furious with numerous 360 degree spins included by our wonderful driver (Jake you would have loved this one). It was unbelieveable, and we do believe that the four of us in the back seat took the brunt of the water for everyone. As we were dripping wet when we got off the jet boat! Great time and we want to thank the Missoula Team for this great adventure. We also toured a kiwi farm which was really quite interesting and saw many sheep along the way (yes, mom even fed them- slimy mouths and all). Spent the last few hours of our time here looking through the shops in town before heading back to the ship. Tonight we are going to check out the show and casino after dinner. The next three days are out at sea... somewhere out there!!!

Lessons Learned:
- Do sit in the back row of a jet boat or you miss all the fun.
- Law of gravity was in our favor - you can do a 360 degree turn on a river, skid sideways, and avoid turning
   the boat over.
- Kiwi is not just a fruit, but can be provided in lotions, chapstick, shampoos, cookies, jam, etc......
- While cruise ships have food around every corner that doesn't mean you have to try it all, even if the
   temptation arises.
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Did you not learn!!
Did you two not learn in Belize??? Stay in the middle!!! In the front you'll wish you had better shocks and in the back you gotta have a parka! Sounds like a great adventure though...and if it was warm enough the water probably felt good. What are all the kiwi products you tried out??? Well, have fun out at sea and don't forget to bet on red at 7:41pm! (You're time zone or mine, I'm not sure of yet, we'll see if you win and go from there :) )

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