Lord Howe Island From Land and Sea

Glass Bottom Boat

This morning I awake, hop in the shower (it’s one of the few places I’m warm), and head out through the trees to stand on Lagoon Road and wait for Peter, from Chase ‘n’ Thyme Tours, to pick me up. Though not originally an islander, Peter is married to a Thompson girl, a descendant of […]

Farmer Jane and Kongy

View point

It’s always strange seeing someone you’ve known in one set of surroundings, in a completely different scenario. As I mentioned I know Kira from my time onboard Disney Cruise Line, when we both wore white adjustable pants and gold stripes on our shoulders. This week I’m getting to see her in jeans, Uggs and an […]

Past Residents and Present Life

Dentis

Just after 2:00pm my 29-seater plane approaches Lord Howe Island (LHI). I know this because the folks on the right-side of the plane are clearly entranced by something they’re seeing and, unless it’s that Twilight Zone episode with the crazy man walking along the wing of the airplane, I think we’re approaching LHI. I get […]

Lord Howe Did I Get Here?

Air Plane

Wake up! It’s 3:40am and I’m up. Weren’t you supposed to provide the wake-up call? Luckily I had the iPhone as back-up. I’m actually ready on time which means I’ve most likely left something behind. Fine, I can’t find one of the locks for my suitcase nor can I find my carabiner,  a handy clip-thing […]

Going Head2Head to fight childhood poverty

Garden

Well hello Virtual Travel Buddies. Thought I’d throw a little update out to you. I leave for Lord Howe Island tomorrow (well, here in New Zealand time). I’m not just taking an airport shuttle, I’m taking a Super Shuttle. What makes it super is beyond me as it picks me up at 4:30am. Could one […]

Lord Howe Did You Choose This?

Lord Howe Island

Here we go! Voting is closed and we have a winner. It was a close race between the Cook Islands and Lord Howe Island. The leader kept changing and you kept me in suspense until the end but, by a small margin, Lord Howe has lived up to its Lordship title and snatched victory from […]

The Good, the Bad, and the Thank-you's – New Zealand

Morning Beauty

It’s time to close-out these New Zealand posts. But first, have you voted for the next location? Only a week left so please do it here! I’ll spend a bit more time here as, now that I’ve left Frank, The Dog, I’m staying with a cat named Solie, fourteen sheep, and a dead bird (Solie […]

Old Blackwater, Keep On Rollin'

Glowworms

Today, I say goodbye to Frank, The Dog (it’s now become his official full-name), and head out of Taupo. Frank’s parents are returning and, though I’m sure he wants me to stay, apparently this isn’t a permanent situation. So, after packing up the car, I drive north towards Auckland. Last week I found a housesit […]

Hanging Yoga and Hot Baths

Thermal Pools

It’s cold. I mean, it’s really cold. The heat pump I’ve been given for my room has stopped working. (It’s as if it threw its heating coils up in the air in defeat and said, “I give up. I’m tired of working so hard and I’m going to Bermuda.”) I’ve snagged one from one of […]

Lady and the Tramp

Waterfall

Having zipped away my morning in Rotorua (read Flight of the Jungle Bee), it would be a shame to drive the hour straight back to Taupo without exploring. They day is young and I’m, well, not that old. I ask my guide Dan about some hikes in the area and he recommends the Okere Falls […]

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