Two relaxing days on the west coast followed. We took a few trips to the beaches in the area, enjoying walks in the surf at Oakura with views of the sugar loafs. We watched the surfers at New Zealand's famous Stent Beach, and were thrilled with our view of Mount Taranaki when we stopped at the island's oldest lighthouse.
Even with it being off-season, we again couldn't get over the lack of people on the roads and at these gorgeous spots. We were the only people strolling through the expansive Pukeiti gardens, adjacent to (or possibly in) the national park..
This has included our regular writing and photo/video editing to keep up our blog, but also sketching for Craig and quilting for Erin. It's all a part of the learning experience of being the parents we want to be. We feel so grateful to have this time together as a little family, discovering new things in the outside world, and right here at home.