Four day tramps and lost shoes

Trip Start Oct 28, 2004
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Trip End Aug 08, 2005


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Tuesday, December 7, 2004

It's happy hour at the internet cafe right now so Molly and I are happily indulging ourselves. We were hoping that they might serve drinks while we type away but I suppose that cheap internet is all they offer. Unfortunate.

So here we are in Taupo, finishing up our last day of this mini holiday. On Saturday morning we watched Mike pack up his stuff and walk off into the sunset...or sunrise, rather...in the direction of the Tongariro Northern Circuit. There he will do the 4 day tramp before we pick him up tomorrow morning. And when I say tramp, I mean hike for all you Americans out there. (Although it would be a better story if he was doing a 4 day tramp in the literal sense, huh?)

And that has left Molly and me to fend for ourselves the last couple of days. The weather has been awful...rainy and extremely cold. We had planned to do a tramp to a waterfall, visit some beehives, and go to some island where trout fishing is the thing to do, but because of the weather we have, for the most part, cuddled inside the van and read.

We have taken advantage of Mike being away and have done crazy things like eat in bed and leave our sleeping bags unmade throughout the day. And we haven't washed the dishes in days! We also went and saw the movies that Mike didn't want to go see...Saved!(look for a subsequent rant on this topic) and Bridget Jones 2. And to make the rainy weekend even better, Molly's dad treated us to a night out on the town. However, because of boredom, we made it two nights.

Even though we were unshowered, Molly and I went to a local bar which seemed to be the hang out of every person in Taupo. We were approached by two older men who decided to sit with us for the remainder of the evening despite our obvious age differences. They were local shepards...one apparently bought and sold cattle and the other actually did the herding. We attempted to listen, but instead just did a lot of nodding our head to make it seem like we were. They were a bit shocked to find out that we were only 22 and one didn't make it too subtle when he leaned over to his friend and said, "I'm her parents age." It was an interesting evening to say the least. As we were leaving I met the surprisingly young owner of the only theme park in NZ and Molly met a group of very fun boys. Unfortunately we didn't meet them earlier in the evening.

We went back home to our van down by the lake and fell asleep to the sound of rain falling on our tin roof. We've been sleeping late since Mike's not here but the horrible winds and the many beers had us up early. When we first woke up we drove over to the bathroom across the street (it was too horribly cold to walk, mind you) did our business, and then went back to the parking lot to sleep for a couple more hours. When we made it back to the bathroom for a second visit we were surprised to find one of Molly's sneakers and one of my black shoes sitting on the side of the road collecting water. I hate to admit that that was one of the more exciting stories from the weekend, but sadly it was. Both of us were confused as to how the shoes got there (we're assuming that they fell out during the first visit) but we were glad to have them back.

Not to disappoint Bill and his gracious offer we decided that our second day of sitting in the van and reading would be topped off by a nice dinner out. We randomly found this fantastic resturant downtown and had the best dinner of the trip (of course not to be outdown by Molly's quiche, though). It was the first time that we have eaten out that we were able to eat before paying (everywhere you go requires payment before you eat) so we took advantage of the service and incredible food. There's a lot to be said about cooking in a kitchen with more than one pan.

As for today, the sun came out for a bit which made us happy. We had a few errands to do around town...you know,the usual, like buying a mini christmas tree from the $2 shop, getting a free shirt from the ANZ bank for Mike's christmas gift, drinking unlimited fountain drinks...and then happily found our way here.

Tomorrow we are picking up Mike, granted he didn't get eaten by a wild bird. Considering there are no other species of animal in NZ that could inflict any amount of harm to a person, a bird is likely the only thing that could kill him.

We're off to Wellington. The next time you'll see us we'll be on the big screen starring opposite of Jack Black in King Kong.
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