[New Post] Hiking New Zealand’s Kepler Track, Part 2: Luxmore to Iris Burn

If you haven’t already, make sure to read Part 1 here!

It was only 7pm, but I was so exhausted from the day’s treck I definitely would have been in bed if it wasn’t for the Ranger program. There were around 50 of us in the hut that night, and we gathered in the common area to listen to the Ranger give us a run-down of tomorrow’s walk. We could hear the wind howling outside, but inside the wood stove was doing its job and keeping us all cozy. At 7 on the dot a sprightly, middle-aged man introduced himself as the ranger. We all quieted to listen. Continue reading “[New Post] Hiking New Zealand’s Kepler Track, Part 2: Luxmore to Iris Burn”

Hiking New Zealand’s Kepler Track, Part 1: The Way to Luxmore Hut

I had been staring at the triangular wooden ceiling of our A-Frame cabin for nearly 20 minutes, listening to the wind howl and willing the pressure in my bladder to ease off so I could steal just a little more rest. This would be my last night sharing a room with only my husband for a little while. We were set to head off on the Kepler Track – one of New Zealand’s incredible great walks – in just a few hours’ time. And while we carried our tents on our last great walk on the Abel Tasman, this time we would be spending our nights in the huts, sleeping in dormitories of dozens. We were in the Fiordlands now, and the scene could not have been more different than the white sand beaches of the Abel Tasman. The weather was much harsher in this southern corner of the southern island, and the topography a lot more extreme. Our walk was to take us along steep mountain ridges unsuitable for camping – hence the huts. And so here I was, treasuring what very well might be my last snorer-less sleep for a few nights. Besides, it was a long, dark walk to the toilets. And if the howl of the wind was any indication, it did not sound warm outside. Continue reading “Hiking New Zealand’s Kepler Track, Part 1: The Way to Luxmore Hut”

Our New Zealand Celebration

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Alright single reader, I promise this is the last wedding-related post!

The challenge of Tom and my relationship has always been and will always be the distance. Even now that we are together it is a test to decide how to use our hard-earned dollars and vacation time. Do we visit my family or his? Where do we settle? How do we find a compromise when our loved ones are so spread out across the world? Continue reading “Our New Zealand Celebration”

New Zealand South Island: The 1 Week Road Trip Itinerary

It’s no secret, single reader, that I am not a speedy traveler. My natural pace tends to be slow, and I have been so blessed in the past with the time to stay and explore. When given the option, I would much rather spend a week really getting to know one place, as opposed to moving every night in order to cram as much of a region into my visit as possible.

But life doesn’t always give you that option, does it? Continue reading “New Zealand South Island: The 1 Week Road Trip Itinerary”

2016

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How has 5 months gone by so quickly?? 5 months with no new content on this blog. It turns out moving and getting to a know a new job, city, and country takes a lot out of you. Continue reading “2016”

The Truth About Traveling With Invisalign

Cleaning my Invisalign trays in the waters of gorgeous Lake Tekapo, New Zealand
Cleaning my Invisalign trays in the waters of gorgeous Lake Tekapo, New Zealand

Even though I had braces as a kid, my bottom teeth started moving towards crooked again almost immediately after I had them taken off. Continue reading “The Truth About Traveling With Invisalign”

The Abel Tasman Coast Track Part III: Torrent Bay Through the Final Farewell

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The spirit of conservation seems to be ingrained in Kiwi culture, and I found myself reflecting often on why this must be while hiking the Abel Tasman. Continue reading “The Abel Tasman Coast Track Part III: Torrent Bay Through the Final Farewell”

The Abel Tasman Coast Track Part II: Onetahuti to the First Glimpse of Torrent Bay

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Bark Bay as we made our approach

The pristine bays of Abel Tasman National Park are divided by fingers of land that reach out into the ocean and range in width from pinky to palm size. Continue reading “The Abel Tasman Coast Track Part II: Onetahuti to the First Glimpse of Torrent Bay”

The Abel Tasman Coast Track Part I: Getting There & The Way to Onetahuti

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It’s a few days after Christmas 2015, and I couldn’t be farther from my New York City apartment. Continue reading “The Abel Tasman Coast Track Part I: Getting There & The Way to Onetahuti”

The Great Penguin Incident of Christmas 2015 (or How to Be a Good Steward)

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It was Christmas Day in Sumner, New Zealand, where I was spending the holidays with Tom and his family. Continue reading “The Great Penguin Incident of Christmas 2015 (or How to Be a Good Steward)”