I have just returned from a week's holiday in Mt Maunganui. Oh, I am such a holiday-goer in the summer season!
My knee was much better. Until the last day I still had to use my hiking stick as an aid, but I did manage to swim every day, whoopty-do!! I had to use the stick to get down to the water and the doctor had told me I could only swim on my back and kick but, hey, that was okay by me.
My friend went on all the adventures I wanted to go on: kayaking, island adventuring, adventure park-ing. I was so jealous.
Drivng home was hard on my knee. I had to get out of the car every hour and have a little walk. I left the Mount at 7 am and reached home at 5.30 pm. Driving to Mt Maunganui, I stopped off for a night in the Taihape Motel. It's one of my fave places to stay. It's so 1960's, and the owner always gives out packets of chippies and a bottle of beer or soft drink on arrival. And there's cornflakes and jam and toast free for breakfast, and the price is just $70 pn. Taihape is the so-called gumboot capital of the world. It's a real country town with a notice outside the local Chinese takeaway to please remove your dirty boots before entering.
Here's Mt Maunganui