Posts Tagged ‘cool people’

Surfing Waiheke Island

Surfing Waiheke Island

A few days before we left Sydney I logged into Couchsurfing.org to find a place to stay in Auckland. I don’t normally know where I will be sleeping when I arrive in a new place, but it is necessary to plan ahead when attempting to couchsurf in bigger cities as hosts book up quickly. My […]

GBF: Moved into a cool beach house!

GBF: Moved into a cool beach house!

THE GOOD – I moved into a sweet little beach house in Lancelin! I am living with Robyn (Canadian), Ros (Irish), Stevo and Thomas (Swiss). We each only pay $50/week for the place and it is so nice to have my own room once again! The house is just across the street from the beach […]

Happy Anniversary Lancelin Lodge!

Happy Anniversary Lancelin Lodge!

Last week I celebrated the 15 year anniversary of Lancelin Lodge. Owners Trish and Trev threw a party at the hostel, treating us all to a lovely dinner and fun times with new friends. Trish & Trev came up with the idea to build the lodge after staying in hostels for the first time while traveling […]

Buddy Tyson – A Cultured Coloured Gentleman

Buddy Tyson – A Cultured Coloured Gentleman

Stacy and I were in need of a stiff drink after the heart stopping drive to Saddleback lookout! We should have minded the sign that cautioned the very steep and narrow track but had falsely deemed ourselves to be the experienced 4 x 4 drivers that were allowed to enter. We sat down at the […]

Aussie RT Day 3: Everything happens for a reason

Aussie RT Day 3: Everything happens for a reason

I truly believe that everything happens for a reason  – good or bad – life is as it should be. I also believe the saying “People come into your life for a reason, a season, or a lifetime.” Day 3 of our Aussie road trip was spent mostly driving toward Western Australia, unsure of which […]

Sunshine Coast minus the sun

Sunshine Coast minus the sun

Stacy and I spent the weekend on the Sunshine Coast, without much sun but lots of rain! The sunshine coast is a coastal area located in Queensland, a few hours north of Brisbane. The region is characterized by long beautiful beaches and many popular surfing spots. Stacy’s friend, Troy, lives there in Mooloolaba so we […]

Tongariro Crossing

Tongariro Crossing

I arrived at Lake Taupo and decided to tackle what would be the longest day hike I have ever done. I had heard many people rave about the Tongariro Crossing hike which is considered New Zealand’s best one day alpine hike and is also considered very challenging. The hike is 18.5km (11 miles) through scenic […]

Kaikoura Coast Track

Kaikoura Coast Track

Mary and I arrived in Christchurch, New Zealand last Sunday. We were greeted at the airport by Kathy, Bruce, and Darek. I know Darek through Mary while living in San Francisco, but this was the first time I met Kathy and Bruce. After spending a week with them, I think they are an amazing and […]

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