While Sue and I were walking along the beach this morning, the temperature was in the mid 70s, the sun was shining and a cool breeze was blowing off the ocean. We had just heard that where many of our friends are, it was raining, flooding or that snow had recently fallen. We thought of what we might say to provide comfort but all we could think of was, " Life is not fair!"
We flew from our last location in Christchurch to Nelson. Upon arrival, we were handed the keys to a giant 4 wheel drive Mitsubishi. We called it the 'tank.' Did we mention that Sue is doing all the driving on the left hand side and turning the wheel on this rig has developed her arms and shoulders. We thought it best to have one driver very comfortable with left hand protocol rather than 2 less practiced drivers. Clever idea isn't it?
Nelson is a fishing and tourist kind of place with great sea food resturaunts. It and the nearby town of Hastings are the center of the green mussel industry and among mollusks, this is the reigning champion.
Blessed with a mild climate, golden beaches and lush coastal native bush, the Abel Tasman Coast Track is a lovely place and we spent the day traveling up and down its length by boat. It is not exactly a wild place but a mix of public and private holdings. It is lovely but we would not want to see it become the model for US parks.
Some icons of New Zealand are rugby (which is played every where unless they are playng cricket), grapes before they become sauvignon blanc, and lamb before roasting.