With only 32 days of my maternity leave remaining (!), and 10 days until Casey heads back into the office (!!!), we’ve been asking ourselves every day “what’s the best way that we can spend our time?” It was for this reason that we piled ourselves – and a bunch of snacks, because what’s a road trip without snacks?! – into the car yesterday, and made our way to Ohiwa Beach!
There’s not a whole lot to do in the area (beyond walking the length of the sand, jumping into the waves, and admiring the beauty of your surrounds, of course!), but the beach itself is stunning, with topaz-blue water as far as the eye can see, and glimpses of Whale and White Islands.
“What kind of twit shuffles around the sand in a pencil skirt and a blouse?!” I might’ve snorted if I’d seen myself (my City Chic ‘romance’ ruffle top, ‘mod midi’ skirt and ‘Suzie’ sandals probably weren’t the wisest clothing choices for our outing, but hey, we hadn’t planned on going to the beach!), but I ventured into the ocean anyway. It was a zillion degrees. NOTHING could keep me out!
Mid-splash, our conversation turned to the idea of devising a ‘Summer Bucket List’, or a “holy heck, before we know it, we’ll be back working 8-5… LET’S DO AS MUCH AS WE CAN THIS SUMMER BEFORE IT FLYS BY!” list. You know, a compilation of activities to aim to tick off before our eyes are in front of a computer screen full-time again. For example, I was thinking that we could…
Float In The Hot Springs At Kerosene Creek, Rotorua
Located amongst the bushes, Kerosene Creek, in Rotorua, is a natural, tranquil hot spring where warm water (mmm!) flows directly from a waterfall. It looks stunning, but if the scenery alone isn’t enticing enough, it’s said to be incredible for easing aches and pains. Neat, eh?! I can’t wait to try it. (I can’t believe that I haven’t already tried it!)
Organise A Picnic
We’ll prepare sandwiches, pick somewhere pretty to eat them, and enjoy being in a different location. BLISS.
Dive Into Braemar’s Fresh Water-Watering Hole
Braemar Springs is a swimming hole in the Whakatane district which is filled with fresh water from deep underground, and it’s meant to be as refreshing as it is beautiful: the perfect spot for plunging into!
Complete A Nature Walk
The Bird Walk? Perhaps. A traipse through the Redwoods? Very possibly! I don’t have a particular trail in mind, but I’m monstrously unfit, and I’d like to push my body out of its comfort zone. (And if it’s in a new (to me) setting… even better!)
Spend More Time Outdoors Than Indoors
Every now and then I’ll find myself gawking out the window thinking, “wouldn’t it be nice to head over to the river that’s practically at the end of the street? It would! *insert dramatic, wistful sigh here* Oh, well. Another day, when I’m less busy. BETTER CHECK INSTAGRAM/FACEBOOK!” It’s so silly, and sometimes I just need to give myself a verbal slap of reality (“you see, the thing about that river that’s practically at the end of the street, Corrine, is… THAT IT’S PRACTICALLY AT THE END OF THE STREET! Did you hear me? THE! END! OF! THE! STREET! That you’re on! What, you don’t have time to wander down a street? WHAT’S WRONG WITH YOU?!”), and bolt out the door to explore!
Have you ever created a summer bucket list? I’d love to hear what’s on yours, if you have one! (And if you haven’t… why not?! Making one could be a great way to ensure that you cross off everything you want to this summer!)