New Zealand – Day 6 & 7

Lillie is my most devoted reader.  I know only two things about her - her name and that she always has a word of encouragement or kindness for me.  On Day 1 of my "report from Middle Earth" Lillie made a suggestion.  She said something to the effect of, "It's beautiful.  I'd like to see more pictures."  Ok, Lillie, this post is for you. Our last two days in New Zealand were devoted to travel.  Our flight home left from Christchurch and rather than fly back we decide to see the wonder of South Island and the Southern Alps.  So early on the morning of Day ... [Read More]

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New Zealand – Days 4 & 5

Day 4 - Today's adventure was River Surfing.  This sport originated here and has not made its way to the US in any commercial sense.  I will explain that later. The Kawarua River makes its way to the Pacific from Lake Wakatipu by first running through the Kawarua Gorge. To extreme sport enthusiasts the Kawarua Gorge is most famous for the Nevis Bridge bungy jump, the world's tallest at 305' - twice the fall of "The Ledge" which Aurora and I jumped yesterday.  Our destination was a bit further down the Gorge to a stretch of 5 kilometers sprinkled with rapids rated from 1 to 3.  Rapids ... [Read More]

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Petrified Forest Temptations

Last May authorities arrested one Danny Garcia for lopping burls off old growth redwood trees in Redwoods National Park. The burls were massive, measuring 115 cubic feet. That’s big! It’s also big business. The knobby burls are in demand by carvers who turn them into much sought after decorative items such as table tops and garden gnomes. Apparently Danny didn’t see the sign that greets visitors to most National Parks exhorting them under penalty of law to “Take nothing but photographs and leave nothing but footprints.” Fortunately for nature and humanity, Danny is one of those small percentile deviants who see no problem in killing a bear ... [Read More]

Queenstown, New Zealand – January 1, 2015 – Day 3

When I was met at the Queentown Airport with a door etched with the phrase, "Embrace the Fear" I thought it was more quaint than instructive.  For old men our fears have formed into our character.  That is we have either conquered them or given into them and stopped trying.  Queenstown had more in store from me than I could have imagined. Queenstown is located next to glacial fed Lake Wakatipu in an alpine landscape.  It's entire existence is based on people coming from all over the world to leave money.  They trade money for experience.  The experiences they come to get are "cheap thrills".  Aurora ... [Read More]

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Burano: “Let’s Paint the Town”

I live in Scottsdale. We have seven partners in the International Sister Cities program and one of them isn’t Burano, Italy. It should be because we have one major thing in common – the local government regulates what color you can paint your house. It’s true. Here in Scottsdale if the city doesn’t tell you what colors you can use the HOAs will. A whispered joke is that building applications should read: “And what shade of brown do you plan to paint your residence?” That’s because Scottsdale is snugly situated in the Sonoran Desert and, in true Frank Lloyd Wright fashion, we try to “blend into ... [Read More]

New Zealand – Day 2

December 31, 2014 Welcome to Middle Earth or at least Sir Peter Jackson's version.  But the scenery aside Queenstown, New Zealand is a place with one of the world's great economic models.  People come from all over the world to leave their money and then go home.  And what they give their money for is not things but experiences - thrills  One is greeted at the airport with two signs.  One commands, "Embrace the Fear".  The other instructs, "There is no such word as 'Try'.  There is only 'Do' or 'Did not do'!" Snuggled at the base of the Southern Alps, Queenstown has become New Zealand's home for ... [Read More]

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New Zealand – Day 1

20 hours of flying is a lot. Aurora flew 4 from New Orleans to LA with a 7 hour lay over. I joined her there and then we flew 14 hours to Brisbane, Australia. The timing for our connection was an hour and a half and it turned out to be perfect as had neither to collect bags (they were checked through to Christchurch) nor clear customs. (that was saved for New Zealand.) All Aurora's life she has argued that you have not been to a country if you've only changed planes - no passport chop, you haven't bagged it. (Of course with the new passports ... [Read More]

Black Hills Honeymoon: Revisited (Part Four)

My most vivid memory of visiting Mt. Rushmore in 1975 was the inspiring approach through a series of tunnels that perfectly framed the carving. This time, however, we were coming in from Rapid City, from the north, not on Iron Mountain Road (16A) from the south, so we missed that treat. If you plan a trip this way, don’t miss the tunnel road. Other than the faces of the presidents we didn’t recognize a thing. The visitor area has been greatly expanded, now featuring a flag-lined promenade (all the states represented), spacious indoor and outdoor viewing platforms, a wonderful interactive museum with many original artifacts (models, ... [Read More]

A Diver’s Guide to Bora Bora

Turtle in Bora Bora

Although the pure white sand of the beaches or the dazzling blues of the lagoon are enough to make you want to rest above shore, getting your gear on and dipping down below the surface in Bora Bora will definitely feature in the top spot on your list of treasured holiday memories if you give it a go. Whether you’re a doggy-paddling beginner who just wants to dip below the surface of the lagoon for a glimpse of what’s going on below, or a serious, seasoned diver seeking out the bigger thrills – you can definitely find diving spots that will keep you entertained, no matter ... [Read More]