Category Archives: NEW ZEALAND

Earthquake Destruction: Christchurch At A Glance

Since the magnitude 6.3 earthquake and subsequent aftershocks struck Christchurch, New Zealand in 2011, the city center has been fenced off as a red-zone.  I just read today that the fence is due to come down in June of this … Continue reading

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Paddling At Dawn Along Milford Sound

“LEFT! RIGHT! LEEEEFT…RIIIIIIGHT!”   (to myself) How did I end up in this situation: waves threatening to capsize the kayak and my frontman along for a photography joyride?! (early morning calm- don’t be fooled) In the past, I’d go on kayak … Continue reading

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Hitching in NZ

Side-story: All throughout the north and south islands of New Zealand, tales of amazing hitchhiking experiences were being shared amongst fellow travelers.  Eventually I decided to test my nerve, save some money and see whether I’d experience the same fortune. … Continue reading

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Hiking Highlights in New Zealand

There have been a lot of epic adventures in New Zealand during my visit, but when all is said and done it was the hiking that stirred my soul.  Whether steadily counting stair steps up a steep mountainside, glissading down … Continue reading

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The Real Glowworm

Glowworms are adorable green stuffed toys that I snuggled with as a child. Only the real version is not green and no one in their right mind would want to snuggle with it! On the north island of New Zealand … Continue reading

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Running Around The World #3: Franz Joseph, NZ

Back in January, the south island of New Zealand was hit with too much rain.  As I walked the Kepler track the damage was fresh.  Massive trees hung over river rocks like rag dolls; impromptu trail was created and a … Continue reading

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Jumping Out Of A Functioning Airplane

Years ago I climbed out onto the wing strut of a single engine Cessna and held on as my body hung parallel to the body of the airplane before letting go and floating three thousand feet back to Illinois.  Those … Continue reading

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