10 November 2009 | Opua and Kerikeri, New Zealand
Will they continue to beat to weather, wind and waves? Do you think they'll make it into the Q-dock today? We wondered if our good friends, Drew and Margie, had successfully sailed into Opua, a small coastal town, about an hour north of Whangarei, in the lovely Bay of Islands territory. We agreed to take a shot at it. The 4 of us played hooky from homeschooling and boatyard chores to take a drive up north for a little friendship surprise. After entertaining ourselves in the stunning towns of Kerikeri and Paihia, we drove to the marina to track down s/v Dosia. Immediately we started bumping into loads of cruising pals...s/v Whisper, s/v Imagine and more. And then voilla...there's Margie. She's totally shocked to see us, figuring we'd communicate via email rather than drive up for a face to face. Her reaction was classic. "What are you doing here?" she keeps saying over and over with misty eyes. Margie decides the job of waking Drew from his snooze should be given to Cole. Who else? After a nice dinner ashore, we kidnapped them and their computers for a sleepover at our home in Onerahi. It's lovely to see them relaxing in our living room, banging away on their laptops, with big grins on their faces, as they catch up with family, friends and basic communications. Tomorrow will be a fun day for the 6 of us! Dosia...kia ora...welcome to New Zealand!