By Stephen Chapman
My perfect vista
Feelings of independence and isolation, yet also of being together and connected is why this scene stirred my emotions. Early encounters like this with the day are rare, despite being such a predictable and accessible occurrence. It was the beginning of a six-month trip away from home for us.
A cool 45-minute walk through the darkness, bleary eyed, and excited – the novelty of being up so early, ahead of the world in such a special place on your travels, always kickstarts the system. It’s like being let in on a secret by Mother Nature.
The sandy path meandered loosely through a forest of native pohutukawa trees, easing gently down to the deserted sandstone cove. The soothing sound of water lapped against the shore, patiently respecting the tranquillity and half-light of dawn. These are the moments I live for...
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