We All Scream For Ice Cream

We were a little fed up with waking up so early lately on our vacation so we decided today was a sleep in day.  We woke up at 9.30 and Lynn expertly prepared some French toast that we topped with some boysenberry jam (see fun fact #1).  It was delicious even though it, of course, didn’t live up to Lynn’s memories of her parent’s recipe.

French toast with boysenberry jam.  Nice and gooey in the center as they should be.
French toast with boysenberry jam. Nice and gooey in the center as they should be.

We lounged about a bit more with Lynn reading various presidential candidate platforms and getting irate while I snoozed before finally getting up and we decided what to do today.  We had driven past a number of orange orchards on our drive up here and decided to check them out.  They were all located near a town called Kerikeri so we headed that way after a quick lunch of fully loaded roast beef and cheddar wraps (I had bought wayyy too much roast beef the other day and we are doing our best to make progress through it).

On the drive back down the coast we couldn’t help but notice just how gosh darn beautiful the whole place is.  There were bright green steep rolling hills all around us, dotted with sheep and cows.  We made it to Kerikeri and headed for the library cum visitor center where I browsed through a few pamphlets on the town and its surrounding area.  Lynn came up to ask if I had found anything good and I turned around to see her with an armful of every possibly relevant brochure.  She has become quite the map hoarder it seems and I’m starting to think she is planning on opening a travel agency when we get back home.

This was basically our entire drive.  Beautiful green hills.
This was basically our entire drive. Beautiful green hills.

We headed out to a park and spread out Lynn’s collection on a picnic table to choose what to do.  I stuck with the single pamphlet I had grabbed and saw there was a nice waterfall hike around the corner starting at the oldest both store and stone building in all of New Zealand.  That sounded quite lovely and it seemed none of the orchards allowed tours or really even sold to the public so we headed off that way.

We started with the stone store and it was what you’d imagine it would be, old and full of tourist crap.  We had been promised ice cream sales by my brochure but there were none to be seen. Luckily there was a small café next door that obliged and we each took a small cone for a very reasonable $5 total.  Feeling energized, we started on our walk and made our way through a lovely sub-tropical forest along the river for 3 miles before arriving at Rainbow Falls.  It was certainly much larger and more magnificent than either of us imagined and I suddenly wished I had brought my swimsuit for the pool at the bottom.  Oh well.  We stopped at a few vantage points, taking pictures and admiring the view before turning around and heading back.

Lynn putting her shoes on in our new car, Babs.
Lynn putting her shoes on in our new car, Babs.
The oldest stone building in New Zealand. Now a very disappointing store.
The oldest stone building in New Zealand. Now a very disappointing store.
Rainbow falls.
Rainbow falls.

On the way back we had a very lengthy discussion about public health, partially inspired by Tim Farriss’ The 4 Hour Body which I am currently reading.  Arriving back at the carpark, Lynn chased some roosters before we got back in the car and drove back home.  Along the way we stopped at a grocery store and picked up some fresh fish for dinner, since we are on an island after all.

Lynn walking down the trail.
Lynn walking down the trail.
We have no idea what these are called but they are EVERYWHERE and are quite beautiful.  We call them *hand gesture of a fist exploding*
We have no idea what these are called but they are EVERYWHERE and are quite beautiful. We call them *hand gesture of a fist exploding*
These ones look like a popsicle you would get from an ice cream man.
These ones look like a popsicle you would get from an ice cream man.
A couple of roosters hanging out in the parking lot.  Lynn mimicked their run and chased them around a bit.  There's a video if you ask nicely.
A couple of roosters hanging out in the parking lot. Lynn mimicked their run and chased them around a bit. There’s a video if you ask nicely.

We got back home at 5.30 and we luckily still had thirty minutes until the dairy next door closed so we headed over for more ice cream!  The flavor selection was much better than earlier and that swayed Lynn into joining me after she had been initially hesitant.  A delightful passionfruit ice cream followed for Lynn while I had Orange Chocolate Chip. It seems our health discussion had not made an impact on either of us.  We ate them on the beach while the sun set before heading back inside to cook up some dinner.

Baked fish with roasted cauliflower and leeks.
Baked fish with roasted cauliflower and leeks.

Daily Walking Mileage : 7.6 miles

Fun Facts:

  • They call jelly jam and jelly means Jell-O.
  • The town we are in, Cable Bay, is named after an old cable station that once connected New Zealand to Queensland Australia and was at one point the longest cable in the world.
  • Lynn is currently in possession of twenty tourist maps and brochures for just one area of New Zealand.

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