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Posted by Leticia Hughes on October 30, 2008 at 11:26 PM
This afternoon I lay on one of my most favourite beaches in the world?  Whale Bay, Northland, NEW ZEALAND!!!  The sun was shining (in between those pesky clouds) and there was not a soul around ? pure, utter bliss!!!

I have been hibernating at ma and pa?s place in Maungakaramea for the last week, making my transition from travel to real life.  Tomorrow we are heading to Auckland to hopefully sort out work and an apartment.  All going well, we should be employed and housed next week, which is fantastic as I suspect the hole in the wall is going to stop giving me money real soon.

After leaving Vancouver Island in September, Marc and I have done some of the most mind-blowing travel (the pictures tell the story!).  We cruised Alaska and completed 8049km on our North America Road Trip.  We basically drove north to Canada and then back down the west coast of the United States.  The highlights were by far the National Parks ? Jasper, Glacier Bay, Yellowstone, Yosemite and Grand Canyon.  Generally the cities are not worth mentioning, however Seattle and San Francisco are two that I thoroughly enjoyed.  The United States absolutely surpassed my expectations and I would highly recommend to anyone to check out the National Parks ? so many wonderful walking trails and the campsites were excellent.

So we are now back in New Zealand for three months ? on the cards is the birth of my sisters second bubba, Christmas, Marc?s sister Clare is coming to visit and of course, loads of catch-ups with friends.  I am sure the three months here will fly by!!!

I guess this is officially the end of ?Chapter 1?.  Wow ? I feel elated and sad at the same time.  It has been a blast and I have a funny feeling, it is just the beginning?

Kia kaha.

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