In the movie The Hobbit: An Unexpected Adventure, Bilbo Baggins is asked by Gandalf to go on an adventure, a very dangerous adventure. Bilbo asks Gandalf if his safe return to his home can be guaranteed. Gandalf replies honestly- “No, and if you do, you will not be the same.” 2017 has been a year … Continue reading Farewell, 2017!
In New Zealand, there are numerous tracks that visitors from all over the world come to enjoy. Eight of them are designated “Great Walks” and the goal for some avid hikers is to do all of the tracks. Last time we visited Carrie in 2015, we walked part of the Kepler Track and part of … Continue reading The Bucket List just got shorter
We took the train, crossing the South Island from Christchurch to Greymouth. A couple of easy days are planned, and we had time on the train to catch up on email, reading, sleeping and writing. Being with Carrie highlights how much I miss my children. All three are scattered, one in DC, another outside of … Continue reading The Wild West Coast
We have been on the road now for three days and nights, freedom camping* on the South Island. After leaving Rotarua, we headed back to Auckland, before boarding a plane for Queenstown. After we picked up our camper van, we headed into Q-town for lunch and stopped at Devil Burger to try their version of … Continue reading Good Morning, New Zealand