Tag Archives: South Pacific

Taming the Beast

Melbourne, Vic, AU Leaving Melbourne we found ourselves with the same situation we faced in Auckland.  How the heck do we get around?  Additionally, Australia is a vast and for the most part barren place devoid of human habitation…much less … Continue reading

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So, have you seen a kangaroo?

Melbourne, Vic, AU Yes, yes we’ve seen a kangaroo… As Americans, Australia is fascinating in a completely different way than any other country in the world.  Because of all the other countries out there, Australia is the one where we … Continue reading

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Our Original Plan

Enroute Melbourne, AU So ends our time with Dan and our adventures in the land of the Kiwi.  But New Zealand isn’t the kind of country that goes out on a sad note or at least without some final amusing … Continue reading

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Christchurch, New Zealand

Christchurch, NZ We have, to a degree, made light of the titanic forces that shaped and continue to mold this tiny island nation within the South Pacific’s ring of fire.  We don’t do this out of lack of respect; simply … Continue reading

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Blizzard of Independence

Jindabyne, New South Wales, Australia So a quick jump ahead and a bit of a preview of what’s to come: We spent the 4th of July in Australia which worked out really well being as our Australian friends had access … Continue reading

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A Teaspoon of Concrete

Mt. Aspiring National Park, NZ After a week of enjoying the excellent company and stunning views provided by living on a mountain surrounded by glaciers and waterfalls from, most importantly, behind the protective barrier of a New Zealand hut, the … Continue reading

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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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