Category: Travel

  • NZ Road Trip Part 5: Wellington and Tongariro

    NZ Road Trip Part 5: Wellington and Tongariro

    Returning to Christchurch was eerie. The city was quiet and cloudy. We did not spend very long there, however, as we had a ferry to catch from Picton. We used a transfer car to get up to Picton, which ended up costing us just 1 NZD, which is a great deal. We drove the five […]

  • We Interrupt this NZ Trip with and Oz Trip

    We Interrupt this NZ Trip with and Oz Trip

    Right, so Oz is what folks down here call Australia for short. We went to Australia basically for three reasons. 1. To see friends of friends. 2. To go the Melliodora, Dave Holmgren’s permaculture spot. 3. Because we were in NZ and Australia is relatively close as compared to when we are in the US. […]

  • NZ Roadtrip Part 4: Golden Bay, Marlborough, and Christchurch

    NZ Roadtrip Part 4: Golden Bay, Marlborough, and Christchurch

    All eyes turned to Christchurch last week after the horrific attacks on Muslims at prayer. Before this peaceful country was touched by such human darkness we were blithely exploring the north side of the South Island, enjoying what I would be tempted to call paradise. We woke up in Arthur’s Pass on Sunday, March 3rd […]

  • NZ Road Trip Part 3: The Southern Alps

    NZ Road Trip Part 3: The Southern Alps

    I had heard of the Rob Roy Glacier track from Terry, who I lived with in Arrowtown. She had gone out to the hike for a nice saturday day trip and described it to me as “a lovely walk.” The lovely walk requires a brave trek on a long gravel road and several stream fords […]

  • NZ Road Trip Part 2: The Fiordlands

    NZ Road Trip Part 2: The Fiordlands

    The first thing we did when we got to Manapouri was go for a walk on the Kepler Track. It’s one of the many great tracks of New Zealand and the beginning of it is a smooth, mostly flat walk through lush Fiorland woods. We did the six or so kilometers of the track out […]

  • NZ Road Trip Part 1: The Catlins

    NZ Road Trip Part 1: The Catlins

    The Catlins refers to the southern coast of New Zealand basically between Dunedin (pronounced DooNEEden). There are many towns throughout the area but much of it is protected native bush, or what others might call forest. Between the large swathes of native bush are the quintessential NZ agriculture fields featuring friendly sheep and cattle as […]

  • Letting Go of “Wanderlust” and Instead Just Being Grateful

    Letting Go of “Wanderlust” and Instead Just Being Grateful

    I’ve found myself in an interesting position. I have been extremely lucky has to have traveled a lot in my life thus far. In these travels I have met many people whose main goal in life is to keep traveling as long as possible, seeing as many places as possible. Everyone has their own way […]

  • Now That Jan is Over…

    Now That Jan is Over…

    …I can continue writing, I think. January was actually kind of insane. I worked 50 hours a week in addition to taking care of a house and two dogs and trying to enjoy the short amount of time I had off and take care of my body, etc. Hence why writing took a side line […]

  • Getting Local Adventure

    Getting Local Adventure

    Last week I wrote about how bored I was, waiting for work to start, waiting to have enough money to buy a car, waiting for rides to pick me up, waiting for the bus, etc. etc. etc. Luckily for me, shortly after writing that post I was taken on several small adventures within a very […]

  • Sometimes Being Bored is an Amazing Sign

    Sometimes Being Bored is an Amazing Sign

    The past few days I’ve been sending a lot of snapchats, which can only mean one thing: I’m bored. When I am fully present and occupied/don’t have 4G/am super content I don’t really use snapchat. I love to share photos with instagram and write this blog, but other than that I try to minimized my […]