Back in the car, seat belts on (safety first!!), decision made, we might as well give it a try! ZOOM - and we're on the beach, driving!! The little Camry really made it onto the beach! Woohoo!! Luke was in HEAVEN, zooming along, steering like a madman, or no steering at all... nothing in front of us but sweet sweet freedom.
Annnd, if I wasn't truly paniced before, now it begins! We aren't close enough to the fishers to get them to pull us out, and we really aren't that far from the tide that is creeping in on us. The amount of land vs. water is becoming devestatingly smaller and smaller (waaaaaa) As panic mode turns into survival mode, and Deanna yells "Do we call 9-11?) we start to dig the tires out in front and behind. Luke jumps in the car and starts driving back and forth but we're still really really stuck. The tires move, but then just keep sinking. This seems to happen for about 10 minutes until we've moved about 10 feet but are still very stuck. Finally Luke (using his talent from being stuck many times in the snow) backs far enough back to get going fast enough to get out of our tracks, YAY!!! But due to the panic and adrenaline, he doesn't stop the car for me to get in. So as he's driving, I run along and hop my booty back in. (that part was kinda cool!)
So, relieved that we're not stuck anymore, we start driving back to the fishing point. Now seeing as we just seemed to have a massive feat, you'd think that we would be quite happy! Well, Luke was. Me, I was terrified! Happy we got un-stuck, yes, but terrified as we still had no way off this friggen beach and that tide didn't seem to like my idea of going back out instead of in. On route to the fishing spot we come up with a plan that if we can't find a way off the beach, we park where the fishers are and wait out the tide. The fishing rocks have a few cars on them and it looks as though it becomes a safe little island. So we drive up on the point and park where it looks safe from the ocean. As we are looking around the point soon to be an island, we see a van coming down the beach from where we were just stuck. As the van comes closer, we keep thinking to ourselves, "this is sacred Maori land, we are not meant to be here... this van is likely some Maori coming to tell us to screw off and get ourselves out of our own mess." and me saying, "I'll totally bust out the waterworks if needed! That's bound to draw some sympathy!" The van drives up and parks beside us and out come two very big tattoo-faced Maori men with fishing rods. After a minute to make sure they aren't mad at us or are going to make us go out to sea, Luke finds the courage to ask one of them how we can get our wee little camry off the beach. Luckily, just down the beach from where we are parked there is a river bed that apparently has a nice hard surface that we should be able to just drive right up (fewwwwwf). So off we go one more time to try one more thing before we accept defeat and have to wait half a day as the ocean closes around us on a wee little sacred island. Due to previous terrifying acts, we opt to park close to the water where the sand is still hard, you know, to avoid getting stuck again, and walk up to inspect the riverbed that Mr. Maori Man claims we can easily make it up. And you know, he did not seem too concerned that the tide was fast approaching and that we only had a little sedan... clearly we are not the first ones to be so dumb! As we assess the riverbed, history replays itself with Luke saying "oh ya, I can do this no problem" and I'm saying, "Are you sure!?" with a bit more urgency this time! Finally, decision made!! Lukes' going for it. Luke goes back to the car saying "I'm just gonna get a really good run at it and not stop for anything" as I wait nervously to see if he is going to rip the bottom of the car off and then sink into the sand and our car will forever be stuck on 90 mile beach... or washed away at sea. Next thing I know Luke is ripping up the beach towards the river bed (vvrrrooooommmm) in our little camry, bouncing through the little creek and up the sandy little trail, over boulders and through the water and finally over the hill to safety. SUCCESS!!!! My god my heart was racing so fast with excitement instead of panic!! As I just began to jump up and down on the side of the riverbed, absolutely giddy with excitement, the wonderful Mr. Maori Man appeared out of nowhere behind me, asking if all was well. I bounced up and down and waved so happily to him yelling as loud as I could, and with the most pure honesty, "THANK YOU!!!"
As it turns out, we really were not likely to have been stranded. But it sure was a massive sigh of relief as I climb into the car and we start to drive on a real, proper, not sand, dirt road. Then again out of nowhere, Mr. Maori Man appears over the bank and asks us where we're going? I guess he realized that we were in the middle of nowhere, on sacred Maori land, and, well, clearly we're idiots! As it happens, we assumed we were at the end of the beach and weren't even thinking about where to go from there. We were just ecstatic to be off the bloody beach with that creeping in tide!! This most wonderfully kind Maori man proceeds to give us detailed directions of how to get back to a main road and how to continue on our way up to Cape Regina. We waved our many many thank you's, just hoping that he knew how truly grateful we were, and we continued on down the dirt road. It's a good thing he came and helped us out with directions too, because after about 5 minutes on the dirt road, we came to a 4-way natural round-about... without directions... we'd likely still be stuck somewhere near the ocean!!
This blog post has been co-written by both Deanna & Luke. We hope you enjoyed our ridiculous experience! And don't worry, we're safe! And to be honest, there probably wasn't really so much need to panic.