We climbed Mt Maunganui on Saturday. Can you pronounce it? Didn't think so. Mong (like long) uh New Eee. Or the Mount, like we tend to say. I've been on Matt to do this for a while, but there's always been a reason why not. So yesterday we tackled it. Should have left Oceana home though... Ak! It's a dirty/gravel track, and we've got a city stroller (small plastic wheels) so we didnt' take it. She's too big to tie on me anymore, so we carried her and prodded her up the hill. Prodded meaning, "Come ON Oceana, stop picking up rocks. Yes, I see the boat, now COME ON. No, don't sit down. OCEANA! Hurry up!" Well... I guess we won't climb anything else with her for a few years. At least not without a nice chunky wheeled stroller. That's one thing I regret about the stuff I bought when she was a baby. We bought this ergonomic-space-age-looking stroller, but it has little plastic wheels and it's absolutely useless on grass, dirt, gravel, or anything besides a shopping mall or a sidewalk. And most of the walking we do in NZ is not on those. Darn it. Oh well. Live and learn. If we ever get another stroller it's gonna be some ridiculously chunky jogging stroller. Not that I'd jog with it. Are you kidding me? I have enough trouble getting myself up a small mountain on a nice track. Let alone a toddler. Gack!
Still think NZ is a icky place to live because of the aforementioned rodent and bug issues. Yah, I'm over them. Especially for scenery like this. 10 minutes from our house. No joke. Well, minus the climbing up part. That part's painful.
Ooh, yay me. I tried to take a picture of the sun with autofocus. Ever tried to confuse a camera? Try autofocussing on the sun. It throws the poor camera for a loop. It's like zoomin, zoomout, zoomin, zoo-zoo-zoo--. Anyways. But manual focus was easy. Except I didn't want to look at the sun to take it. So I kinda just held it where I thought the sun might be. Kool huh?
I like this picture because I tend to get bored with scenery pictures, but this I would blow up and plaster on my wall. Coz she's gorgeous. And so it the bay, the Kaimais, and Matakana Island. :)