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Waiheke Island

Our last full day in Auckland we spent on Waiheke Island.   We knew nothing about the island except that it had relatively new, boutique vineyards, and that we should have lunch at Casita Miro.  The latter we knew only because … Continue reading

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Rocks, Sheep, and Raindrops. The South Island In Three Days

We left the Marlborough area, Blenheim, and headed south on SH1. The hills were dry and it looked a lot like parts of California. We had what turned out to be an overly aggressive driving agenda for the next few … Continue reading

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Marlborough, Sav country

Arriving into Picton on the ferry: After arriving into Picton on the ferry, we had about 48 hours in Marlborough, relaxing at the stellar Marlborough Lodge, to include my birthday.  We came here for the Sauvignon Blanc, which we drink … Continue reading

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New Zealand. The North Island on hyper drive.

We are in New Zealand, landing in Auckland 24 hours behind schedule due to United Airline’s lack of customer service. The plan was to land in Auckland and have a day to rest and adjust, then pick up the rental … Continue reading

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The Winter Solstice Is Here Again

Once again we have reached the shortest day of the year.  And once again, we perform our rituals to ward off the darkness and hope for the return of the sun.  We no longer doubt the return of the sun, … Continue reading

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Glorious October

It is a bit rare to have a full week of glorious weather in Oregon in October, but it does happen every so often.  It happened during the third week of October this year, and I was lucky enough to … Continue reading

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Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe (Mosi-oa-Tunya, The Smoke That Thunders)

I had read that August was a good month to visit Victoria Falls.  It is the time of year when the water volume is not too much, and not too little.   Before seeing it for myself, I had wondered how … Continue reading

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Final Game Drive and a Border Crossing Into Zimbabwe

Once again at 0600 we were at the Sedudu Gate to the Chobe National Park, but this time we had a pass for a half day drive, and what a difference it made.  We took a leisurely drive along the … Continue reading

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A Different Game Drive Experience

We had planned a three hour game drive starting at 0530 for our one full day in Kasane.  Starting from the River View Lodge, it is about a 15 or 20 minute drive to the Sedudu Gate of the Chobe … Continue reading

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Savuti to Chobe River Front

We started our day with an early morning game drive, our last for the Savuti area.  We saw impala, kudu, elephants, tsessebe, steenbok, ostrich, mongoose, black backed jackals and a host of birds.  It was a pleasant and relaxing drive … Continue reading

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