Hello, well first of all I'd like to introduce myself. I'm George Doyle, 64
years old. I used to work on the Dunedin railway but I took early retirement a year ago, well just over a year ago really. Anyway myself and
my wife, Mildred, we decided to hire ourselves a nice little Maui mobile
home and tour the south island for eight weeks.
Well, just a few days ago, well actually it might have been a week or two
ago... anyway Mildred and I were driving along the highway no. 60. You know
that's the one up to the Abel Tasman National Park. Well we'd just passed
this little post office, you know the one all by itself, anyway then this
vehicle overtook us. I say vehicle but I'm not sure really if that would be
the correct term. Of course I said to Mildred, "my goodness, would you look
at that" but by the time Mildred had located her Spectacles in the glove
compartment, it had already dissapeared. Well I thought to myself that was
a strange occurance.
Anyway a few days later we drove down south along the highway no.6 (the one
down the west coast), well we were pleasantly surprised with the weather as
the west coast does tend to get a lot of rain but we had lovely blue skies,
so we decided to take in the franz josef and fox glaciers. Well, would you
believe it? We saw the vehicle again, you know the one I mentioned before.
Well, this time it was parked in the carpark and the occupants weren't there
so we could take a better look at it. It seemed to be a normal old vee-dub
kombi but there had been some modification. Anyway Mildred and I hadn't
seen anything like it before so I asked Mildred to stand before it and I
took a couple of snaps.
As it was such a nice day we took a little helicopter flight around the
glacier and we did actually step out onto the glacier. Well as we admired
the sceenery Mildred spotted some movement in the distance. I took my
binoculars and had a look and I do believe that I saw two people and possibly
a baby in a carrier. Well, they were standing by the edge of the glacier,
quite a climb up from the valley below. I said to Mildred, "I'll bet you
that they're the people from that kombi" Mildred of course agreed.
After that we carried on down to the Milford sound. Well it must be over 30
years since I was there and I have some very nice memories of the area so
I'd always promised Mildred a cruise along the fiord. We did pick a nice
day for a cruise, the sun shone down on the fiord. We were just cruising
past the Mitre Peak when we noticed a very small boat in front. As we drew
closer we saw two adults and a child who was waving to our boat. Of course
we waved back to the small child and I did remark to Mildred that I thought
I'd seen them before although I wasn't sure where. As we overtook the little boat I thought to myself well that looks like hard
work, all that paddling and I said to Mildred, "I know which boat I'd rather
be in!" Well we really enjoyed our cruise and as we returned we looked out
for the little boat again but didn't see it.
Anyway as we arrived back at our vehicle, after a nice cup of tea and a
slice of apple pie in that lovely little cafe by the visitor information, we
saw the Kombi again, it was actually parked next to our Maui and the family
who'd been in the boat were also there. We exchanged a few words and they told us a bit about their travels. Well,
what a story and all in that small little van.
As we drove away, Mildred said to me, "you know, you should ask our William
if he'll help you have a look at their website"
And so I did!