Hooray for high school reunions on the other side of the world! This past week held a reunion for myself and a girl I graduated from Paul Kane High School with. Karley and I hadn’t spent much time together in our high school days, but we sure had a great time catching up, reminiscing, and hanging out the past few days.
Karley and her husband, Landon, were in NZ for a week, to kick off a few months of worldwide travel and adventure. Through several mutual friends (*thanks Natasha, Dan, and Mark & Laurel), we got reconnected, and were so thrilled for the chance to hang out with this fantastic duo.
We began our first date with a picnic (as most first dates do), then caught the sunset from the top of One Tree Hill. The sights were magical, and the company spectacular.
After returning from a few rainy days outside of Auckland, we boarded a Fullers ferry with Karley and Landon, and were off on an excursion to Waiheke Island.
We were greeted with sunshine, and visited a number of beautiful vineyards where we tasted some superb wines.
The boys went took a dip in the rolling waves at Onetangi Beach, while the girls beached and soaked in some rare moments of sunshine. (Have I mentioned this has been one rainy and dreary summer in Auckland? I try not to complain too much, but I think maybe we have had 3 days of sunshine so far. So you’ve really got to take advantage of the sun when it makes an appearance!) We had visited Waiheke once before with Mark and Laurel, but it was winter and raining that day. I have to say that it’s slightly more pleasant to visit the island when it’s not pouring rain.
We had such a great time getting to know these two, and had lot of fun together. We are really grateful for the chances we have had to meet and cross paths with individuals we may not have gotten to know otherwise.
Karley and Landon are now off to the land of kangaroos and Vegemite, to visit friends in Australia, and then will venture off to Southeast Asia. We have a feeling this certainly won’t be the last we see of these two!