Local Heart, Global Soul

May 27, 2010

You know when you’ve reached the Bridge, you’re almost there…

Filed under: NEW ZEALAND — kiwidutch @ 1:00 am
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I’m not a gambling type of person (OK, ok,  do you really count the single lottery ticket we buy as a family per month so that we can dream a little about “what if“?)

Well, If I were a gambler I think I wouldn’t get good Odds from any locals on the wager I’m about to mention now…

If you are travelling on  State Highway 7 inland towards New Zealand’s Lewis Pass, then you are by coincidence on the Hanmer Springs access road

Then comes a turnoff, (that some inspired person in Planning proceeded to call “State Highway 7A”)  it’s well marked and from here to the Waiau River and bridge is literally just a few minutes drive from the turnoff.

In turn, from the Bridge to Hanmer Springs is also just a matter of minutes drive …

If I were God and could hear all the conversations going on in all the cars that travelled this way, then sure as eggs, surely every family with kids rounds the bend, see the Waiau Bridge come into view and the words ” hey here’s the bridge, we are ALMOST there!”  drop out of the parents mouths…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

It’s just the thing that everyone says almost without fail and if I could lay bets on it I’d be rich today and retiring tomorrow LOL.

Surely you can also think of a landmark somewhere that you know well, where similar words are uttered because it’s a wonderful signal to squirming restless kids in the back seat that freedom is close at hand if they can hang on for just a few minutes more.

So a bridge is just a bridge?  Not necessarily.. This one is 100 years old for a start… lets take a look around…

(photograph © Kiwidutch)

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(photograph © Kiwidutch)

.. and when I see this bridge come into view, I feel in my bones that I am home.

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