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Mar 26, 2010 - Arahoa Bay, Whangarei

We get such an early start in Hamilton that we get to stop for a lazy lunch at a vineyard with a little wine tasting en route. We still arrive in Whangerei in plenty of time to do some grocery shopping before we head out of town along a tiny winding country road for about an hour to where my cousin Geoff will marry Lisa. The night before we have a barbecue and catch up with the family. Saturday morning we have great fun making an aisle along the sand for the bride to walk down with stones to mark the path and a board scraped over the sand...

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Team FroJo 2010

Mar 11, 2010 - Biscuits

On Saturday I was tasked with helping stand at the NorthTec booth at the annual Northland Field Days to hand out information about courses and answer questions. Field Days is like the state fair. The main audience is farmers and there were lots of tractors. Mike came along and entertained himself watching the lumberjack competition. We had planned to go camping nearby with our friends that night. During the two hour thunderstorm right in the middle of the day, we questioned if that was a good idea. Thankfully it cleared up and we were...

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Feb 2, 2010 - Whangaroa Harbor

For the three day weekend (it was “Northland Day” on Monday), we went camping with some friends. This camping was otherwise called Kiwi Bootcamp. Has anyone done a pub crawl on a boat before? Yeah, that’s the kind of weekend it was! On Saturday morning Mike and the boys were up at 5am to go fishing (they caught a few Snapper). The girls hiked into the bay to meet the boat. From there we went to three pubs to relax and enjoy the view. The beer was nice cold too! I’m not sure I’ve played 9 holes of golf all at once before. I definitely...

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Jan 25, 2010 - Never a Dull Moment

It’s been months. Way too long. You probably thought I forgot about this little travel journal. There aren’t really any excuses except that life has been busy. December was holiday parties, the start of summer and excitement about my family’s visit. Then they were here and we had the best time seeing New Zealand together. A year is a long time to be away from family but we made up with it with two fun-filled weeks with Nick and Meg and three more unbelievable weeks with my parents. Lots of time was spent together, wonderful meals were...

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Oct 30, 2009 - Tahani Visits

First off, apologies but no excuses for not posting for awhile. Life has gotten fuller with the addition of new friends and toys and most recently a visit from one of my closest friends. My best friend from the Peace Corps, Tahani, came out for two weeks with her sister Mimi. Having a friend here was awesome – we talked, read, cooked and did some amazing things mostly close to home. Some of the highlights – fishing up north in Te Ngaere Bay, Mimi catching a great snapper, 20+ dolphins mating in Mahinepua bay all day, horseback riding around...

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Oct 29, 2009 - Motorway Hijinx

We arrived at 7 am on Monday the 26th. Just prior to landing we could see the sun rise over the Pacific, the horizon was a deeper red than I had ever seen. If you have ever cut open a Blood Orange, that’s the colour. We landed, got our bags and called the Camper rental company for them to pick us up as agreed. The rep agreed to pick us up at 8 but reminded me that the pick up time was supposed to be 9. I said “Well get us at 9 then”. He was there at 8. Not a good start. I saw him pull up, we introduced and he briefly showed me around the...

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Sep 9, 2009 - Waipu Caves

We were in the mood for trying something new this weekend. We’d heard about Waipu Caves and driven past the turn off several times. On Friday, I suggested we try it since we were planning on heading to the beach in that direction anyway. We set out Saturday after the morning farmer’s market (have we mentioned Whangarei has THE best farmer’s market ever!). The entrance to the caves is right next to the parking lot. We were surprised to see it’s a low opening and you can tell it opens up once you get inside. A young British couple were just...

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Aug 31, 2009 - The Seal

This weekend Mike and I headed out with our fishing gear in our kayak for the second time. We went to Tairuru Bay about 45 from where we live. It’s gorgeous there with a narrow bay that opens up into the Pacific Ocean. It was a really calm day so we headed out to the open sea. After fishing for about an hour, I had a nice-sized Snapper on board when Mike spotted a seal swimming near some rocks close to shore. We took our lines out of the water (no use fishing near a seal – they eat everything in their tracks) and sat watching him. Mike had...

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Aug 10, 2009 - About Poultry

Since we met him, our American friend has been talking about how we have to do a real Thanksgiving dinner on Thanksgiving. They have done this before at his kiwi mother-in-law’s house. We’ve agreed and let our mouths water a bit thinking about it. Little did we know that they take Thanksgiving really seriously around here. In fact, their two-year-old went out with his kiwi grandparents to shoot our thanksgiving turkeys. Yes, you’ve read that right. Come Thanksgiving we’ll be having a nice turkey dinner! They’re in the freezer right now....

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Aug 1, 2009 - Josh's Visit

The final Fellenbaum graced us with his presence last weekend. According to Josh there was a lot to recover from, but he tends to over exaggerate. Josh’s version of his 4 days here included an 8 mile hike, being chased by a bull and falling down a volcano. What really happened… We dragged him out of the house on Saturday to do a 1 hour stroll (hike is too strong a word) through a forest to the Whangarei Falls. Cyndy and Mark did this walk and loved it. According to Josh it was “at least 8 miles.” In reality it’s more like 1-2. We’re not...

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Jun 23, 2009 - The New Ride

Remember those funny looking little jeep imitations called the Toyota Rav 4 from the 1990s? Yeah, well you’re looking at the proud owners of a classic 1994 2-door Rav 4. It used to be bright red but 15 years in the New Zealand sun has reduced it to a burnt orangy color. Don’t laugh too hard. At least we didn’t get thre 1975 Mustang Mike begged for or the 1989 Toyota “Windy” with duct tape around the engine, he also begged for. Interestingly enough, when we went to pick up the car we found out the dealer was actually Mike’s boss’...

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Jun 7, 2009 - Amendment

A point of correction on our last entry... On Tuesday, when Mike went back to work after our three-day weekend at the lakes, he bragged to his co-workers about the kiwi we saw at Kai Iwi. After describing how close it let us get and how it moved, they were quite skeptical. It’s beyond rare to see a kiwi in the wild. So Mike showed them the picture from the travel journal and low and behold they correctly identified the hedgehog that it is. Whoops! Who knew there were wild hedgehogs in NZ. I always thought they were just strange but cute...

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