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Real good friends are the ones who jump into a freezing waterhole with you

It’s always nice to have surprise visitors but it’s even better when it’s one of those people close to your heart. Rob is one of them and I was delighted to hear he’d be in Auckland over the weekend and come out to Piha for a visit before I leave. We only spent twenty-four hours together and these were as usual a treat for the soul – completely being yourself and relaxing in each others company. Rob and me have a long history of bush walking together so of course we had to head out on another adventure….


Our destination wasn’t a proper bush walk but rather  just following up a stream in Piha and fighting our way through enormous plants to find a waterhole called the coffin (because of its shape).


When I suggested jumping in I knew that Rob was thinking exactly the same thing and wouldn’t say no to a refreshing waterfall dip. It was cold – yes, but so worth it. Another moment to add to our history of amazing adventures and I am pretty sure it wasn’t the last.


This morning it was time for good-byes and just before I said mine I caught a glimpse of two of my favourite Kiwis on the porch – Rob giving Ruby a last pet before heading off. It will be a while until I see Rob again but even when he’s not around the warm fuzzy feeling of a great friendship remains and is like a little treasure to take home with me.


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