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Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Wellington Region January 15th 2011

After leaving the glacier we headed north along the west coast of the South Island stopping at Greymouth and then Westport. Our overnight at Greymouth was right on the beach, beautiful sunset to enjoy. At Westport we took a short hike to a fur seal colony on rocky outcroppings. Babies born in November so got to see some young seals as well as adults. Ate lunch at a wonderful seaside cafe and then took another short walk to an old lighthouse. We then headed inland going through Murchison and then heading north to the Nelson area. Our stay at Murchison was just for one night. Huge yellow jackets swarmed our RV (guess they liked the bright green) so didn't even sit outside. Took a short hike the following day up the mountain to see some the ... read more
Wonderful lunch!
Enjoyable mountain hike.
Bluebottle Jellyfish

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island » Greymouth January 11th 2011

Before giving an update of our travels on the South Island, I want to share some information on traveling in NZ in general. As I'm sure you already know, it is a rugged and sparsely populated country. Our plan was to spend most of our time on the South Island (least populated), but that plan has changed somwhat. Because of the topography and population roads are limited. On the South Island there is a main road running down each side of the island and a few roads connecting the east and west sides in key places. If you change your travel plan, you may need to backtrack – there is no alternative route. Almost all roads are 2 lane. Heading into Christchurch with a population of 373,000 it only becomes divided highway (still 2 lane) about ... read more
Blue Penguin
Rough and Rocky Coast
Franz Joseph Glacier

Oceania » New Zealand » South Island January 7th 2011

Montana girls with January birthdays usually celebrate their birthdays with snowstorms or blizzards. This year I got to celebrate mine at the beach. After leaving Auckland we headed southwest to Waitomo Caves. The next day we drove to a small coastal town, Kawhui. We had to cross a small mountain range so drove 20+ miles on a narrow and very windy 2 lane road. Drove through a lot of forest as we crossed the mountains. The forest was a combination of large trees and huge tall ferns, almost like palm trees only with fern leaves on the top. Has a very ancient Jurassic Park look to the area. We kept waiting for the dangerous raptors to appear, but they never did. Worth it when we got to the other side. The beach in Kawhui is black ... read more
Birthday Relaxation
Jurassic park
Hydrangeas in Wellington Botanic Gardens

Oceania » New Zealand » North Island » Waitomo Caves January 4th 2011

We had an uneventful trip to San Francisco where we met our grandniece Paige. After 3 movies, several cat naps and 13 hours we landed in Auckland, NZ. We flew on Air New Zealand which has very nice service and excellent food. Reminded me of the service we had on Air France when we went to Italy in 2001. We let San Francisco at 7:45 PM on Dec. 31, they served champagne to everyone when the plane was in the time zine for midnight. We then landed at 5:55 AM of Jan. 2 having skipped Jan. 1 completely. The hour change between NZ and NV is only about 4 or 5 hours, but the day is different. How confusing can that be. We picked up our van without any problems. We are not into high visibility ... read more
An RV with pizzazz
Auckland Botanic Gardens

North America » United States » Nevada » Boulder City December 30th 2010

We are getting ready to head to New Zealand and Australia. We leave on December 31 so will start the new year in a new country. We will be traveling by RV as we do in Europe. Should be fun (or scary) driving on the wrong side of the road. Our grandniece, Paige, will be traveling with us which will be fun. We will spend most of January in New Zealand and then move on to Australia for about 10 days working our way north to the Great Barrier Reef. I will return home on February 3 and David and Paige will continue on a train trip across Australia and then on to Thailand and Vietnam returning to the US in March. The next entry will be from New Zealand. Happy New Year to all of ... read more

North America » United States » Nevada » Boulder City July 23rd 2010

We are now home. Planned to do a posting when we got to London, but the hotel we were in charged 15 pounds per day for internet which we didn't pay. Most of our other stops were free or charged from 3-6 euro per day so this was a shock. We completed our canal experience on July 15. Overall it was a great experience. Beautiful countryside and fascinating to work the locks. Have lots to share with everyone when we get home. The weather was somewhat less than desirable - in the mid 60's most days, lots of clouds and only a few days with no rain at all. Four days pretty much had rain on and off all day. They provide slickers with the boat so this was not unusual weather. In fact, it explains ... read more
Stairstep Locks
Kew Gardens

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Shropshire » Ellesmere July 6th 2010

We have had our canal boat for 5 days now and it has been an amazing experience. Very relaxing. We are on the Llangollen Canal which starts in England just south of Chester which is just south of Liverpool. We started around mid-point on the canal going northwest into Wales to the canals starting point at Llangollen. The countryside is beautiful moving from rolling pasture to hilly, wooded country. The canal goes along a ridge as you move up it. The stretch from Gobowen where we started to Llangollen includes 2 locks (no lockmaster so self operated), 2 tunnels (one 491 meters long) and 2 aquaducts (one short and with a ledge on both sides and one longer one with just a metal lip on one side and a walkway on the other). The aquaducts are ... read more
Barbara - The Bridge Keeper
Cruising Down the Canal

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Merseyside » Liverpool July 1st 2010

Liverpool has been a lovely surprise. If asked about Liverpool before starting our trip I would have described it as an old, industrial, shipping city and home of the Beatles. Wouldn't have planned to spend much time here. Because it is close to where we get our canal boat it was a good stopover place so added it to our schedule. As I started reading about it in Lonely Planet: England it sounded more intriguing. It has turned out to be a very pleasant surprise. Many old buildings with lots of history and some areas that look neglected, but also a significant urban renewal with a large section of the downtown a large, open walking mall and shopping area and the docks renovated with numerous shops, restaurants and museums. A lot to see. Our first day ... read more
New Mall Area
Fish in a Bag
Chocolate and Expresso Tart

Europe » United Kingdom » England » Merseyside » Liverpool June 30th 2010

We spent a day in Hoek van Holland returning the van and organizing all our luggage. We have way more than we need. Brought several things like bedding for the RV and bicycle helmets that we haven't needed and have bought some things along the way plus have a few non-perishable food items we are taking with us to the canal boat. It is a good thing we didn't bring the bikes to England with us. We would never be able to manage train changes. The ferry ride to Harwich, UK was very enjoyable. Beautiful weather, a smooth ride, and a new ferry that was very very nice. We arrived in Harwich around 8:00 PM and then needed to take a train to Norwich (about a 1 ½ hour train ride with one train change). Luckily ... read more
David and Raw Herring
On the Waterway Outside Norwich
Barbara and Freda

Europe » Netherlands » South Holland » Rotterdam June 25th 2010

We returned Amsterdam to do a final museum swing through the city before turning in the van and heading to the UK. When we left Assen we headed to Hoenderloo near Appledoorn. There is a national park, De Hoge Veluwe near there that we wanted to visit. This was originally a country estate owned by Anton and Helene Kroller-Muller. They purchased the land in the early 1900's and from the beginning planned that it would be a lasting monument where art and nature are combined. They purchased various parcels of land over the next several years for a total of over 4000 hectares. Most of it maintains its natural appearance of woods, open areas of heath and some sand dunes. The hunting lodge is immense with a landscaped garden and lake near it. In the center ... read more
Bicycles Everywhere
Wild flowers in the park
De Hoge Veluwe

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