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St James Walkway

St James Walkway

Heather The St James Walkway (SJW) was by far one of the most outstanding tramps we did in New Zealand. It’s 66km in length starting from the Lewis Pass and finishing in Boyle Village, which despite its name is not an actual village. The track goes through bog,...
Sabine-Travers Track

Sabine-Travers Track

Dan The sky darkened and we felt the first drips of rain, Heather expressed her dismay and displeasure at hitchhiking in New Zealand, the prolonged volley of expletives was all done all without the pleasant please “give us a ride smile” leaving her face....
The Pelorus Track

The Pelorus Track

Heather “Ah! I’ve been waiting for you two!” the energetic bus driver exclaimed as we handed over our packs. He showed us the special spot that was reserved for our bags, then told us to hop aboard. This intercity bus was travelling from Picton to...
The Queen Charlotte Track

The Queen Charlotte Track

Heather After our failed attempt at North Island hiking we boogied on down to the South Island via a pub crawl in Wellington (NZ makes some excellent craft beers but you will pay dearly for them). The most northern point of the South Island is Ship Cove and is also...
Best Laid Plans of Mice and Men and All That

Best Laid Plans of Mice and Men and All That

Dan (bet you thought I had stopped writing these things) So a week into New Zealand and the weather is a bit shit, fondly remembered towns from our last trip are grim and depressed, then add to the mix a never ending cold I picked up a couple of weeks before departure...
Finishing the AT and What’s Next

Finishing the AT and What’s Next

Heather We did it!  I can still hardly believe it.  We started on April 6, 2016 and finished September 14, 2016.  We took a total of 18 days off (meaning no hiking at all those days), went through four pairs of shoes each, 3 pairs of trekking poles for Dan, and lost a...
From the rubble

From the rubble

This post is about some things that people from our home town of Christchurch are sick of hearing about. Earthquakes. Rebuilding. And crumbling stone churches. It seems appropriate to be writing about the crumbling earthquake-ravaged churches of Antigua today. Just as...
On the road in Turkey

On the road in Turkey

It is a lazy Sunday morning and we are 48 hours from our flight to Nepal, sipping tea in a quiet Istanbul neighborhood. The morning news headline is about families of the US consulate staff in Istanbul being asked to leave Turkey, citing security threats. A coup...