Monthly Archives: September 2015

Doing the Time Warp

Today has been a strange day.  The longest Tuesday of my life, in fact. It started early in Christchurch, NZ where we caught a flight to Auckland, hung around the airport for a few hours, then boarded Tahiti Air for … Continue reading

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Trees, Glorious Trees

Those who know me well know that I  am particularly fond of trees. I think they are singularly beautiful, providing a quiet example of how best to live life — bending with the wind while always reaching heavenward. New Zealand … Continue reading

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Christchurch: A City in Recovery

Located in the Canterbury region of New Zealand, Christchurch is the South Island’s second largest city. It is a city in recovery, still rebuilding after a devastating earthquake in February 2011. The earthquake was New Zealand’s largest natural disaster on … Continue reading

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Where the Birds Are

Before humans came to New Zealand, there were no mammals on the two big islands floating in the vast Pacific Ocean. There were and are, however, lots of birds. We’ve driven all over this beautiful country and seen all kinds … Continue reading

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The Inspirational Mount Aspiring

If you ever find yourself in Wanaka (rhymes with Hanukkah), New Zealand, take the Mt. Aspiring road to its end in the Mt. Aspiring National Park. You’ll run out of pavement and have to ford a few little streams — … Continue reading

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Darting up the Dart River

The Dart River — what we in America would call a mountain stream — runs down from the Southern Alps and feeds into Lake Wakatipu here in Glenorchy. We boarded a jet boat (a giant jet ski) and made a … Continue reading

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Gobsmacked Over Milford Sound

“Gobsmacked” is this great expression New Zealanders inherited from the British which means utterly astounded. To borrow the word, we were totally gobsmacked today by the sites seen on a flight from Queenstown to Milford  Sound and back again on … Continue reading

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