Journal your trip with Day One.

Much has been written about the positive juju generated from journaling. Keeping a record of your trips away and jotting down experiences and impressions is a great way to capture the essence of those adventures for future reflection and reference. It also comes in handy when trying to remember that cool spot you stayed at or neat restaurant you ate at, or when simply recommending … Continue reading Journal your trip with Day One.

High School kids build secret room hidden in plain sight.

Scrunched up against one side of an otherwise open public space near our house is a small dense stand of birch trees. There is a dirt trail running beside it that is heavily trafficked by people like me walking their dogs or, jogging, or taking a shortcut across to the local shopping centre. The trees are also just across the main road from our local … Continue reading High School kids build secret room hidden in plain sight.

Adventure in Oamaru

Location: Oamaru Victorian Precinct NZ. Weather: Cloudy. Temp: 11C Turning into the Main Street of Oamaru reminded me of many small Australian towns. A mental model fractured over on the right-hand side by a series of grand stone Victorian buildings. “Oooh, let’s definitely stop and take a look down there” advised Kelly.” For some reason, I felt this hurry to keep going. Perhaps because the … Continue reading Adventure in Oamaru

Our first earthquake

For our first dinner out since starting the trip we visited ‘Winnie’s’ a pizza bar in Queenstown that had an eclectic retro-sports bar vibe, and more importantly a large open fireplace. Here I quickly wolfed down a large veggo and a pint of Tomahawk beer, and then another pint. This induced a decidedly frisky and light-on-my-feet countenance. Immediately picking up on my mood through my … Continue reading Our first earthquake


There is something about walking amongst mountains that scrapes you clean. “Mountains seem to answer an increasing imaginative need in the West. More and more people are discovering a desire for them, and a powerful solace in them. At bottom, mountains, like all wildernesses, challenge our complacent conviction – so easy to lapse into – that the world has been made for humans by humans. … Continue reading Mountains

Aoraki / Mt Cook.

Today was a big day. In one of those…unbounded pouring in of personal epic moments that you keep filing away in your internal forever album until it overloads and you are utterly emotionally maxed-out and physically shagged-out to the core…kind of ways. After nearly postponing the trip due to inclement weather reports we decided to ‘stuff-it lets go anyway’ and drove up to the Aoraki … Continue reading Aoraki / Mt Cook.