Ever since I started writing, and I don’t mean blogging, I’m referring to the basic “the cat sat on the mat” shenanigans, I have had a very serious diary addiction. The endless potential presented by brand new notebooks with completely blank pages just waiting to be filled with an infinity of possibility (scribbles) has always been so damn appealing to me. In short, I have come to find that NZ Roadies and the spontaneous possibilities of the open road, provide me with the same high as a new kikki.K notebook.
Impromptu summer roadies are an oasis amidst the suffocating, sand-in-places-it-shouldnt-be, uncomfortably hot and sometimes lonely dessert which the average person’s chaotically busy modern life has become. Schedules, meetings, to do lists, deadlines, birthdays, weddings, funerals, other humans, etc, etc; sometimes one simply needs to get away (drive away, to be more specific). In fact, most often we tend to get so far stuck in our monotonous routines that we forget what spectacular treasures lie around the corner/a couple hours drive away.
Take NZ for example, apparently the tourism industry has overtaken the dairy industry as NZ’s largest export industry as more and more Lord of the Rings fanatics arrive to get an up-close-and-personal glimpse of ‘middle-earth’. Although I’m a NZ citizen, one of fifteen years to be specific, there’s still so many strikingly beautiful NZ sites that I’m yet to visit, which brings me to the irony that many a foreigner have seen and experienced more of my hometown than I. For example, did you know that just two hours from Christchurch lie two of Mother Nature’s incredibly breathtaking (literally, as a lot of climbing is involved) masterpieces? Castle Hill (as seen in the climactic battle scene of the 2005 movie, The Chronicles of Narnia: The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe) and the Devil’s Punchbowl (a picturesque waterfall of 131 meters)!
Lastly, if these photographs don’t inspire you to eagerly leave your office in order to frolic in an open field, then maybe this collection of figuratively delicious quotes on Nature, will:
“Every time I stand before a beautiful beach, its waves seem to whisper to me: If you choose the simple things and find joy in nature’s simple treasures, life and living need not be so hard.”-Psyche Roxas-Mendoza
“I felt my lungs inflate with the onrush of scenery—air, mountains, trees, people. I thought, “This is what it is to be happy.”-Sylvia Plath
“No pessimist ever discovered the secrets of the stars.”-Helen Keller
“Turn your face to the sun and the shadows fall behind you.”-Maori proverb
“After a visit to the beach, it’s hard to believe that we live in a material world.”-Pam Shaw
“Forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair.”-Khalil Gibran