I heard a beach mentioned, thought oh yeah, I know where that is. But when I came to think about it, I couldn't remember what it looked like. I have a clear recollection of attending a Christmas party at a workmate's house there, around 15 years ago, can remember the house and everyone at the party clearly but not what the beach looks like. Maybe I didn't go to the beach?
The day was warm and clear and the more I thought about it, the more I felt like going for a drive on a road that meanders along a narrow peninsula not far from Whangarei, past beaches and through very pleasant countryside, to Taiharuru.