Kia ora and Howzit to nineteen weeks.
We went on a little nature hike in the mountains at Waitakere. Talked to a Maori park ranger and learned a bit about the local protest at Ihuamātao, the Maori’s most sacred village, and the area surrounding Waitakere. Ihuamātao is the original landing spot for the ancient Polynesians and the first Maori, and the first settlement for the tribe that established ancient Auckland. The priest who started the village was buried on a hill overlooking the village. So the development they are protesting is a very important struggle to protect an incredibly sacred and treasured piece of land and Maori culture. Sounds complicated and sad, and something Hawaiians understand deeply.
Then we went to the beach to photograph some scenic cliffs, pounding, frothy surf, and golden light hitting the sparkling black sands. Here at Bethells Beach, the Pacific between Aus and NZ clashes against North Islands rugged west coast, creating an insanely picturesque and wild backdrop for the surfers brave enough to head out in choppy waters.
Here, “Baby Dave” (still don’t know the sex, guys. It’s a surprise.) met the other side of the Pacific Ocean at golden hour. Of course, I had to throw in a pretend fashion blogger-y pose, to truly illustrate how far from my blogging days we’ve come.
We got back to the car park, I went to the bathroom, and the gold necklace that holds my wedding band trickled from my neck down into my bra. Horrified, I dug it out, only to realize it had come unclasped during our day’s adventure, and my wedding band had slipped off somewhere, never to be found (by me) again.
After a mini emotional breakdown in front of the public toilets, Nate comforted me, saying it was pretty appropriate for Middle Earth to claim my ring (on our 10 year anniversary trip). I guess we will just need to find an anniversary band here in Aotearoa to commemorate something new. 10 years marriage and a baby. It’s the memories that matter, not some piece of rock and metal. Plus, it makes for a good story. “Middle Earth stole my wedding ring.”
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