Stray Days Continued

Trip Start Aug 20, 2007
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Trip End Jul 04, 2008


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Friday, January 25, 2008

    Being a surfer and being in New Zealand I naturally gravitated to Raglan. Raglan is the land of super left points. When the swell and conditions workout it is supposed to be the longest left in the world with rides lasting several minutes. We arrived and the surf didn't, but the web said it was coming. Not being in any kind of a rush I decided to stay for bit till my surf appetite was satisfied with some long walls to race along the several bays in the area.
     The time spent till the swell came was chicken soup for the travelers soul. The hostel was nestled in a valley surrounded by forrests habitated by glow worms, many species of birds, and hippies. The energy of the hostel was peaceful and in tune with the environment. This pleased the resident energy consultant. She loved to talk about energy. "You need to have positive energy with your surfboard. I have so much great positive energy. I play pool so much better when I am in a good positve energy mood. We should go work on some energy exercises. I feel like dancing." This was followed by dancing to some hip hop in the kitchen at ten in the morning. She loved to talk about energy to say the least.
    Besides listening to the importance of energy talks, I hiked, biked, zip lined (the hostel had a zip line at the top of the hill) all about the surrounding areas. At night when walking along the paths through the giant silver ferns the glow worms could be seen illuminating their behinds adding a green bioilumencance to the wonder of it all. I also added many pages to my journal about whatever has been on my brain. I find writing things out on paper helps to organize my often random thoughts, worries and confusions. I had one writing session overlooking the bay as the sun set, rain sprinkled and then gave way to a brilliant full moon playing with the drifitng clouds. It was beautiful. I felt a peace and genuine happiness. I was enjoying my life. It was just a very soul stirring moment. It inspired me to write some more.
    On my 4th day the surf arrived and the conditions cooperated allowing fun long lefts into Whales Bay in the morning. I surfed in the juice that is the Tasman Sea the whole morning till I was exhausted. P and J sandwhiches were as tasty as always. The afternoon siesta was resting as always. The evening surf was more fun than usual. I decided to head out into the waters towards the headland which was receiving the blunt of the swell. The shore battered my left big toe and right shin with rocks as I rambled my way out into the pumping surf. I caught two waves that were sooooooo fast as I swooped up and down on the steep face just making it past several sections that tried to break infront of me. Several hoots and I was out of the water walking back in the dark. I was in a great mood. Just kind of  satisfied from the session, I walked past a family's open window and smelled the evening dinner. I was suddenly lonely, missing my loved ones.
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