My newest best friend is a Sea Monster. I met her at low tide on Pohara Beach.  She's super duper friendly and we spent hours collecting shells together, telling stories, and floating around.  I am going to miss her a lot because New Zealand biosecurity will not allow me to take her on the airplane.  
Soooo, I am leaving New Zealand and coming back to the United States. Oct 13. 
Really? REALLY?
Yes, I am. 
For now. 
But not for later. 
See you again soon Sea Monster!