Monthly Archives: March 2011

No Instant Porridge for Breakfast!!!

That’s Instant Oatmeal to the uninitiated.  By any name it is not a lovely (another popular Kiwi word) breakfast by itself.  I have usually had a piece of fruit to cut up and put on it.  A few nuts filled … Continue reading

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Run Into the Bush if They Come After you!

One thousand pounds of Sea Lion traveling at 20kph toward us would not be my idea of a good time.  They fought with each other as a game just ten meters away from us as we watched.  There was nothing … Continue reading

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Mary Ann’s Presence on Kepler Walk

I am sitting by myself in front of a warm, crackling fire in a Backpacker’s Stay cottage at Waikata, New Zealand.  I am by myself.  There is no resident staff, and no one else has stopped here so far this … Continue reading

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Fear Trumped by Exhilaration!

After deciding not to do it, having been challenged on the Milford Track to a degree that seemed to stretch me beyond my limits, I was convinced by Backpacker Stay Host, Alistair (supported by Rosie), that the Kepler Track would … Continue reading

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I Didn’t Realize How Hard This Would Be! (Subtitled “Holy Crap”)

I have completed the first four day, three night tramp, the Milford Track.  I will write the gory details as I am able.  I took voracious notes.  I will say this much, I have met and exceeded (because I had … Continue reading

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At Rosie’s Backpackers In Te Anau

I am the only person from the USA here now and in the last few days.  Lots from Germany.  Represented are Australia, India, the UK, Holland, Israel, Belgium and one or two more places.  There are many young people but … Continue reading

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There Be Waterfalls!

The trip along the coast from Haast to Queenstown provided some very dramatic contrasts.  The first part of the trip produced waterfalls and rainforest.  The few hundred yards from the road to the first waterfall I came upon, snaked through … Continue reading

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View from Haast

View from Haast a photo by petertremain on Flickr. This is a view that reflects the serenity of the moment as I look out from the walkway in front of the Motel in the towship of Haast. The ocean is … Continue reading

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This Is More Like It

After 5 hours of driving, very often on those twisting mountain roads, I arrived at Haast.  It is not a town but four small clusters of motels and support services.  It is located at the base of the mountains, quiet … Continue reading

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Not a Good Day

It started out all right (I thought).  The Motel was very clean and comfortable.  I got downtown to the Nelson Saturday morning outdoor market.  There were dozens of booths with all sorts of things for sale including crafts, home grown … Continue reading

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