Monthly Archives: June 2012

A Hut Warden’s Life

French Ridge hut Mt. Aspiring National Park, NZ Notices posted on the kitchen wall of French Ridge hut: Seriously, we freaking love these people. By now we’ve mentioned it enough that you’re probably asking “Hey guys?  What are these huts … Continue reading

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Kiwi Moderate

Mt. Aspiring National Park, NZ Another aspect of friendship is the joint lexicon a group develops over time.  Shared experiences become stories, stories become jokes, jokes become catchphrases and so on until it gets to the point where simply mentioning … Continue reading

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Tramping in New Zealand

Mt. Aspiring National Park, NZ We live among titans. We have no other way to describe it.  “gods” seems too presumptuous for monotheists and “demi-gods” too second-rate.  “Champions” too sporty and “giants” too dependent on physical proportions. Google software engineers, … Continue reading

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Regarding the Locals

Enroute Mt. Aspiring, NZ We would be remiss to recount our many adventures in New Zealand and never once mention the Maori. The “native” people of New Zealand are themselves settlers from a foreign land.  Polynesian in origin, the Maori … Continue reading

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To simply be

Helensville, NZ Despite rumors to the contrary, there’s a lot more out in the farms of New Zealand than Kiwis, possums and sheep: Sometimes things fall into place and life moves on when we’re least expecting it.  After about a month our … Continue reading

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Proximity

Whangarei, NZ The sailing life leads to odd relationships.  Not odd in the quality but more in the means employed in establishing and growing those interpersonal connections: the happenstance, randomness and good fortune involved in who we even have the … Continue reading

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Kiwi Killers

Helensville, NZ There is an invading force that is, right now as we write this, entrenched in the sovereign territory of New Zealand. Estimates vary widely but everyone seems to think there are AT LEAST seven invaders for every man, … Continue reading

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Sheep Whisperer

Helensville, NZ We have found in life there are people who have learned to be good at something and possess “skill” (feel free to add the “z” as necessary) and people who have innate ability, which we’ll call “talent.”  While … Continue reading

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