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18 April 2016 Today we went on tour of Doubtful Sound.  A driver picked up at the hotel at 8:30 am.  We had a 20 minute drive to Lake Manapouri where we took an hour boat ride across the lake.  While waiting to board the boat at Lake Manapouri we we saw HUGE trout swimming about the dock .  We learned that the lake is also home to longfin eel that the… Read More

11 April 2016 We said our goodbyes and made our way to the Ferry Terminal to begin our journey to the South Island.  There was an earthquake that morning about 7:30 am north east of Wellington but we did not feel it.  The weather forecast was for some rain and wind but the 3 hour ferry ride over to the south island was smooth and uneventful. The ferry is huge carrying cars,… Read More

01 Apr 2016 Kia Ora, a Māori greeting used for hello, good bye and thank you. Lynnette and I have been planning this trip for over a year. Originally scheduled to go this same time last year, our trip had to be put on hold.  I am so excited to finally be starting this adventure! We arrived safe and sound to cloudy skies in Auckland.  We got through customs quite easily.  The lovely gentleman did… Read More

3 Oct 2015 My friend Robin and I arrived to a cold and rainy Reykjavik this morning.  The flight was not too unpleasant,  We sat next to a man on his way to Zurich, a dual citizen now living in Seattle, on his way back for a visit.  He was very nice and we enjoyed his company.  Behind us was a woman with two young boys.  The younger of the two was… Read More