EARTHQUAKES! 3 Big ones in 3 days! I could talk about that quite easily... the city survived the big one (6.9 magnitude) which shook the top of the South Island and Lower north Island on Sunday evening. Yes there was mild damage to the city, but no serious injuries! To be honest the series of aftershocks have been more disturbing to me and the 'planning' that the media and the city had undertaken is pretty extensive. On Friday morning about 09:00 whilst sat in front of the computer at work in the office, I felt a little rumble under my feet, then felt the building move in a way that buildings should not be moving (sideways)! I went deadly quiet, (thought about diving under the nearest table as I have been taught to do by a multitude of school children on tv adverts), and looked out of the window to see the workmen holding onto the scaffolding of a newly constructed building across the street. Everyone else in the office seemed calm, and no one jumped under the desk, despite saying it was one of the biggest quakes felt in Wellington for some time...
|starting to go...|
|It might be early, but we're happy campers!|
|Large Thermal pools... & smelly too!|
|So excited, Dayanne jumps for joy!|
|Stunning Thermal pools...|
|Huka Falls, Taupo|
|Coping with the idea of a bungy watching us bungy jump|
|Lake Taupo Sunsets|
|Lake Taupo Sunset|
|Mt Ruapehu from Whakapapa Village|
|The ladies chatting away...|
|Looking over at Mt Doom from Ruapehu|
|Chair lift to heaven!|
|Two very happy ladies!|
|More chair lift views...|
|Thumbs up for this experience!|
|Snow covered mountains...|
I returned to Dayanne's farm to pick up my car and prepare for the 3 hour drive back to Wellington (which unbeknown was still reeling from the earthquake). I couldn't leave without a final piece of lasagna, to see my through my drive home, and finally arrived home just before midnight.
When these kind of spontaneous events happen, with near strangers, I do wonder if there is a higher meaning in these connections. Just over one week before this weekend I had never met these two ladies, and would never have imagined having spent a totally spectacular weekend in their wonderful company. So thank you Dayanne and Sonia for a weekend filled with fun, laughter, wonder, laughter, some weirdness, more laughter, a little alcohol, a bit more laughter, and plenty of lasagna!
Hope you've enjoyed the blog (if you made it this far)...
Regards from New Zealand