We celebrated our 4th anniversary this past weekend! It’s been 4 glorious years, so we celebrated in style. One of Morgan’s goals since we moved here was to watch the sunrise over the East coast, and then drive to the West coast and watch the sunset.

It was a very fun day – the sunrise was perfect. Clear blue skies and the sun was as bright as ever. We watched it rise from the New Brighton pier, and then packed the car to drive across the country.

Sunrise at the Pier!

Sunrise at the Pier!

More Sunrise

More Sunrise

We're allowed to kiss on our anniversary...

We’re allowed to kiss on our anniversary…

One of my favorite pictures ever

One of my favorite pictures ever

It’s a solid 4 hours from Christchurch to Punakaiki, but we took a couple of breaks along the way. We stopped and walked around Castle Hill for an hour or two, and then had a picnic in Arthur’s Pass. We had perfect weather for the first half of the day, but once we hit the West side of the mountains the rain started to fall.

From the Ocean to the Mountains

From the Ocean to the Mountains

Castle Hill

Castle Hill

We watched the sunset at the Pancake rocks of Punakaiki. It drizzled a bit, but when the sun was setting it managed to burst through the clouds on the horizon. Since it was pretty wet, we went back to the hotel after the sun disappeared. But from our room, we saw the sunlight reappear!

The West Coast

The West Coast

Sunset

Sunset!!

Sunset

A Bonus Sunset!!!

The next morning, we spent a bit of time hiking around Punakaiki. We went to the Truman track, and then back to the Pancake rocks. During high tide, the water crashes up through certain holes in the rock…”blowholes,” as their called. It creates an incredible sound, kind of like a dragon breathing fire (or so I imagine). The air and water blasts through into the air, sometimes more than 50 feet from the water level. We had been to the Pancake rocks a few times, but this was the first time we saw the blowholes, and they were pretty cool!

Truman Track

My Vince Carter Impression at the Truman Track

Blowhole!

It’s a Blowhole!

Blowhole!

There it goes again!

We drove back via Lewis Pass. It was a nice change of scenery, but it was quite rainy! We did stop for a couple hours in a hot spring, called Maruia Springs. We had a great view of the mountains, but since it was windy and rainy we stayed pretty close to the hot water.

We had an incredible weekend, and checked an item off our bucket list. It was a fun way to celebrate our anniversary, and we’re glad we got to see both the sunrise and the sunset over the ocean!

  • Russell Adams

    Happy anniversary you two. Love the pictures! Thanks for posting.

    • http://www.livefullyblog.com/ Evan Forester

      Thanks Russell!!

  • Donna

    Such a romantic anniversary activity. You two are simply divine!