If I told you I encountered a major road-block when thinking about this post, you’d probably imagine some emotional or psychological barrier about which I’m going to unburden myself.
But actually, I missed a road sign announcing that Scenic Drive in Waitakere was closed to traffic, and found myself driving towards an actual blocked road. With the car behind me way too close for a safe U-turn, I ended up on Bethells Road, heading towards the beach.
Te Henga/Bethells Beach is one of four road-accessible beaches on Auckland’s (wild) west coast. Although it’s the closest to home, I seldom visit there, probably because the next closest — Muriwai — has the twin attractions of the gannet colony and a good fish and chip shop en route.
It’s school holidays here at the moment, but the beach was surprisingly quiet. Perhaps it was just too cold and overcast.
Although I saw a few people carrying surfboards, I didn’t see any actually in the water, and the surf life-saving tower wasn’t manned.
The closest anyone seemed to get was surf-casting.
I may have missed a road sign, but I did manage to notice lots of small treasures on the beach and in the surrounding bush.
… but this time last year, I was on the way.
One of the most beautiful (and most frequently visited) beaches in New Zealand, Cathedral Cove is divided in two by the rocky cliff shown in the photo. What looks like a cave is actually a huge arched tunnel through which visitors can walk.
Wellington; the southern-most capital city in the world, and possibly the coolest (at least according to the local tourist agency’s marketing).
And easily my favourite place to go and hang out for a few days. Just not right now.
I’d love to stand here and just smell the sea. Beyond the horizon; nothing but the Pacific Ocean until you reach Chile.
… but wouldn’t it be wonderful?