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The Just Life in New Zealand

In light of recent political and social events in the US, many of you have asked me how New Zealand stacks up in terms of gender, social and racial equality. This is definitely not meant to be a thorough analysis … Continue reading

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The Good, Bad and Ugly of Family Travel

  The photos are beautiful and we are doing lots of fun things. It’s easy to come across as “this trip is the best thing ever!” But I have to confess, I resisted Facebook for a long time because this … Continue reading

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I Jumped Out Perfectly Good Plane!

January 5, 2017 I did it! Jumped out of a plane at 15,000 feet! It was the experience of a lifetime! Except that I want to do it again…. more tomorrow… I am busy celebrating!

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Can’t Seem to Jump Out of a Plane and Rob Roy Glacier Hike

Second strike out… just showed up for skydiving to find out that they just brought back previous divers because the winds picked up to 40 km/hr and so the mission was aborted. Made a reservation to try again at 8 … Continue reading

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Through Gorgeous Haast Pass to Wanaka

January 3, 2017 We had another beautiful drive from Franz Josef Glacier to Wanaka through Haast Pass… New Zealand sure is pretty! In other news, I just signed my life away (literally) to jump out of an airplane at 15,000 … Continue reading

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Hokitika Gorge to Franz Josef Glacier

January 2, 2017 Another fantastic day hiking and traveling in New Zealand. It’s taken awhile but we have gotten our groove as a traveling family. A long road trip takes some planning and organization as we are rarely in any … Continue reading

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Amazing way to Bring in the New Year!

January 1, 2017   Happy New Year! What an amazing way to bring in 2017 than immersed in stunning nature! We drove from the north to west coast of South Island today through misty, lush rainforest, scrub bush and then some … Continue reading

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