A taste of New Zealand

This is our last day in New Zealand. We’ve driven around for a week to the mountains, farmland and ocean.


Richard running in the mountains north of Queenstown.
Richard found a ram skull and replaced his own head.
Richard runs to the ocean. This is Sandfly Beach on the east coast of the Otago Peninsula near Dunedin.

Also, we paraglided!


Strapped into my harness.
Richard and his paraglide pilot coming in for a landing.

It was fun to pretend I was a hawk riding the thermals. But I did get nauseated when he started us on the 360-spins. JP, my pilot, let me fly it while he took pictures.

Now, we’re back in Christchurch and prepping for our world tour.

That means laundry, inoculations, and reorganization. Also, lots of walking around Christchurch. It’s a very cool city that is full of green space and public art. 


This is a viewing platform for a Christchurch chirch that was severely damaged in the 2011 earthquake. Someone decided to decorate it with vining plants.
Right after we landed in New Zealand from Antarctica Richard started showing symptoms of a upper respiratory virus. He sneezed and blew his nose through that for the week. This morning, I woke up with the same symptoms. Yay! Bring on the 24 hours of travel it will take to get to Japan. Oh, well. For now I will be binge drinking tea and pretending I feel fine.

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