Roaming the Bay Area

Traveling is always a blur, and none more so than the last day of a trip. On December 13, 2016, we dropped off our car, loitered for hours in the Christchurch airport, sprinted between terminals in Auckland (where I chugged a whole a liter of water for the security officers there), watched the Fellowship of…

Around the South Island in 14 Days

We spent our final two weeks in New Zealand on a road trip around the south island. Our route took us west from Marlborough Sounds up to Golden Bay and then down the west coast as far as Te Anau. After seeing Milford Sound, we worked our way north again through Queenstown, Lake Tekapo, Arthur’s…

Turkey Day, New Zealand, 2016

During our last week at Hopewell, Mike and Lynley announced that they wanted to throw a Thanksgiving party for us to celebrate our American heritage. It quickly turned into a huge feast with 15 other people from Germany, France, New Zealand, Sweden and Canada. Caitlin and I were the only two Americans at the meal.…

Stranded After an Earthquake

When a 7.8 magnitude earthquake hit the coastal town of Kaikoura, New Zealand two minutes after midnight on Nov. 14, 2016, many travelers were stranded at Hopewell Lodge in Marlborough Sounds. Tremors continued throughout the day and walls of rain pummeled the little ensuite huts on the northern tip of the South Island. Coastal roads…