It's been a week since our trip, so I feel like it's time to get off (on) my butt and update this thing! I'm not sure how another year passed so quickly, but here we are: same country, different city. The usual things we look for as signs of spring (birds, flowers) have been here all winter, so now it's just more birds and more flowers. Plus some heavy rain, and the occasional warm day! Hurray!
We'd planned a road trip north for our anniversary, but Lady Waka was making some horrific squealing noises—last Friday I finally took her in to get fixed while Josh was at work. It set us back $300, but it was pretty great to start the car without deafening any passersby, so...I say, worth it. Josh has done a couple of minor fixes himself in the last weeks too. My city man, getting all rural...he does me so proud.
With Lady Waka fixed, we were ready to hit the open road and start anniversary-ing it up! We saw our first sheep in the road; that felt like a milestone. I made the mistake of trying to sketch while we navigated the twisting, turning mountain roads and regretted it immediately.
We rented a place right near Abel Tasman, hit the grocery store, (This licorice-flavored ice cream we've been slightly obsessed with turned out to be on clearance. It's like they knew.) and cooked ourselves a delicious dinner. It was more of a relaxed, walk on the beach, sit in a hot tub, eat lots of delicious food kind of holiday, so we didn't go full-on tramping, but we did do a short stint on the Abel Tasman trek. It was beautiful. The trees form a tunnel over the path, which as a pale person, is like a gift from god. Prettiest sun protection I ever had.
Josh booked us our first ever kayaking trip, which was really fun. The guy who rented us the boat gave us a little speech emphasizing that kayaking, like relationships, was all about communication and teamwork—making us feel like contestants on a Bachelor date. And I left my sequin gown at home. Shoot.
After lunch and our tour most of the afternoon was gone, so we headed to the beach to do some sketching and to observe the most important part of our anniversary celebrations: reading all your wine bottle notes! Getting them out turned out to be harder than expected...
We stayed in a beautiful cabin!
We had a fabulous breakfast!
We went for walks in the woods!
We saw quails!
It was great. Love you all!