Moke Lake, Jacks Point, and the many birds of New Zealand (gallery)

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Moving to Queenstown for the winter

New Zealand implemented a 4 tiered level system to denote what citizens could and could not do in each level and to expectation set during the pandemic. Honestly, auntie Cindy and her crew really freaking nailed it. Level 3 said people could expand their bubbles by 2 and you could move one direction. Meaning if…

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Rest & Relaxation – Susami River Home & Staying with a Monk

After pushing it hard in Kyoto to do all the things, we desperately needed a break. That much needed break came in the form of a riverside home, spring weather, and staying with a wonderful Monk named Tomi. Our first Airbnb by the river, was a breath of fresh air out of the city and…

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Kyoto – The Land of Golden Temples, Orange Shrines, & Bamboo Forests

Looking back on Kyoto now, it’s all a bit of a blur as we packed as much into 5 days as humanly possible. Making our way from Nagano to Kyoto, we made couple stops to break up the five and a half hour journey, including a one night stop at an awesome riverside Airbnb. Picking…

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Pancake Rocks, Arthurs Pass & Cave Stream Hike

Pancake Rocks Well worth the stop and just a short ways out of Westport are the iconic pancake rocks. We don’t typically stop of traditional tourist stops where you just look at a pretty view but I will I am glad we made the exception for Pancake Rocks. We were graced with a beautiful sunny…

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Nelson Lakes National Park

After spending some time recovering from our Abel Tasman hike and hiding out in the rain in Nelson, we decided more time in nature was calling and we heading for Nelson Lakes National Park. As we pulled in and biked to the waterfront the clouds parted, the sun came out, and the sand flies descended.…

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