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This week marks our one year anniversary in New Zealand. When considering this, a year sounds like nothing. A blur of weeks, of seasons, another champagne toast and clink – it’s over. If we’re lucky – meaning the other driver stays awake – we’ll get 40 more of these on average. Fewer years than sips in this water bottle. Better drink it up. For a man without a memory I vividly recall our first… Read More

If it weren’t for the howling wind outside I couldn’t be certain we were back in Wellington. Our Christmas road trip around New Zealand’s south island was so long (the longest vacation of our lives, in fact) that life on the road had become life as usual. Wake up in the campervan. Slide open the curtains. Coffee, oatmeal, peanut butter. Pee on a bush. Drive somewhere epic. Repeat. It was our first Christmas in… Read More

1. CASTLEPOINT  We celebrated Jess’ 33rd birthday with an overnighter at Castlepoint. Castle rock in the distance. Once those cars cleared out, we had the place to ourselves. Looking for dolphins/whales/James Cameron. On my hike to the summit I caught a few surfers dodging sharks. Summit view. Pissed I paid that boater $250 to spell a J for Jess’ birthday and she didn’t even join me 😦 The beach behind Castle rock would be… Read More

The Tongariro Alpine Crossing is one of New Zealand’s great walks. At 19.4 kilometers (12 miles), the distance isn’t the killer, so much as the terrain. In 2007, alpine was added to the name by the Department of Conservation to warn flip-flop-wearing tourists of just how unforgiving the terrain can be. Our adventure began in Wellington when Jess picked me up in the campervan. (Details soon!) Our first foray into the bush,… Read More