The Northlands

Journal entry from May 7th, 2018

The Northlands offer a splendor of untouched coasts next to towering cliffs alive with flora. Russell is a cute little town that was once the first European settlement (possibly in this area, you can never trust a Kiwi on these kinds of things as many have claimed to be the first of something or other.) Russell attracted scalawags, pirates and ex-convicts of the sort. You can see evidence of this scandalous history in the rocky shore by collecting a bag full of sea glass without moving a foot.

Jordan and I both got sun shock the night before last and woke up nauseous. We had spent the day lounging at the Mermaid Pools. It’s a good time of year to go, there was only a handful of other people there and we were the only ones to get in the water.

The hike to Mermaid Pools was along the beach. We went at high tide, so we practically had to swim around a point, our bags held high over our heads, cursing that we didn’t use our dry bags. This was followed by a hike over a mountainous hill and down to lava formed pools below. Being that it was high tide, we were the only ones there for a while.

We left the Mermaid Pools to see Whale’s Bay, another beautiful, secluded beach you have to hike to. Jordan hung the hammock and I tanned, ass out.

Today will be a cloudy day driving. I had my first shower in a week #vanlife. We’re staying on someone’s extra paddock, 10 minutes outside charming Russell. There is a shower cubby the house owner but outside that you walk through ferns to get to. It was magical….the environment and getting to shave!

I could live up here, in the Winterless North!
**I started reading a Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams. It reminds me a lot of a Kurt Vonegut book (specifically Sirens of Titan.) I think it will be a quick read. Jordan and I are also reading A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin out loud to each other.

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