Hawaiian Layover

In order to break up our long flights, Caitlin and I decided to plan an extended layover in Honolulu, Hawaii on our way to New Zealand. We ended up staying at the Polynesian Beach Club Hostel, one block away from the famous Waikiki Beach. This was both a blessing and a curse. We had easy…

One-Way Ticket to New Zealand

Armed with a one-way ticket to Auckland and a 12-month work/holiday visa, I left the Minneapolis/St. Paul airport last Tuesday at 7am. The plan began over six months ago as I drove with my friend, Caitlin, to her hometown of Hayward, WI, to watch the annual ski race called the Birkebeiner. I had spent the…

A Summer with Conservation Corps

Well, it has been a while since I have posted on this blog. Since the last time I wrote, I finished my final semester of school at the University of Wisconsin-Madison with a degree in Journalism and Mass Communication and a minor in Integrated Liberal Studies. Around 8,000 graduates shivered in the outdoor stadium for…