After I finished editing, Whitney and I took a day off and took a mini road trip! We drove an hour out to Bethell's beach on the west coast to see the gray sand and the gorgeous views. While the views didn't disappoint, the weather did. I don't think you can tell by the photos, but the wind was unbelievably chaotic. We had to hold our hands over our ears and brace ourselves from the noise and the power! Photos can be so deceiving, and these certainly are!
After taking some photos and admiring as best we could, we headed back to the car to drive to Piha and hope for less wind! On the way there we saw a tiny sign on the side of the road that pointed out a hike to Fairy Falls. So we did what any good kiwi would do and parked on the side of the road and took a hike! So glad we did.
Places like Fairy Falls are one of the reasons that New Zealand is so great. Little signs lead to big adventures (Is that a metaphor for life? I think so.) and certainly lead to beautiful places! Whitney and I were constantly asking if it was real. It feels too insane to be a real place you can just go. Rivers, waterfalls, and streams pop out of every corner like magic. The photos don't do it justice. The colors are more vibrant, the birds sing beautiful sounds, the air feels clean and fresh. It's an oasis.
Okay, I'll stop.
More photos of this day to come.