We drove over the Southern Alps from Waikari (70km north of Christchurch) to Nelson yesterday and found a lovely spot to park Sally (aka our camper van) right next to the Tasman Bay. It was a perfect spot to celebrate Adam's 30th birthday!! We went scavenging for mussels, drank wine, cooked steaks, watched an incredible full-moon moonrise over the mountains across the Bay, sang 'Happy Birthday', and blew out birthday candles. Cheers to the birthday boy! And cheers to the start of our 6-month adventure!