This earth

In honor of Earth Day, I thought I’d share some of my favorite photos I’ve taken of this wonderful planet… Mt Ngauruhoe, an active volcano on New Zealand’s North Island. This photo was taken in November 2008, while trekking the 20km┬áTongariro Crossing, a truly amazing hike. You may recognize it as Mt Doom in the…

Flight of the Conchords

  Flight of the Conchords Wow. Just wow. Those guys are SO good, and SO much fun! When I found out that FoTC were touring the US this spring, and that they were doing a show in DC the day after Easter, when we were going to be there visiting anyway, I was pretty excited!…

Tongariro Crossing

[NOTE: I wrote this post in October 2009 – I realized I had never finished writing my posts about New Zealand, which is a crime because the Tongariro Crossing was one of the most exhilirating experiences of my life. I think I was trying to think of enough eloquent things to say about it, but…

Tongariro Summit

Just had to post one photo from today, even though I'm not nearly caught up yet on my other posts…   Tongariro Summit This was an hour-and-a-half side trip off of the 19k Tongariro Crossing that we did today. Alex, meanwhile, was scaling Mt Doom behind me there. More awesome pics to follow later, it was…

Planning for tomorrow

When I first was researching where to go in New Zealand, I chose the southern end of Lake Taupo for its proximity to national parks that sounded like they had good hikes through terrain we don't have at home (volcanoes and such). I also had seen from Omori LakeHouse's website that they were near the…

Omori Lakehouse

View from Omori Lakehouse This was the view of Lake Taupo that greeted us when we got out of our car at the Omori Lakehouse B&B. We just kind of said, Wow, and thought we would probably be able to handle this…! We put our things in our rooms (Al and I had one room,…

Road to Lake Taupo

After our invigorating waterfall hike, we headed south on Route 27, then Rt 1, then 32, toward the final destination of our trip, Lake Taupo. When I researched for our trip, I thought this area looked like it had lots of opportunities for tramping in the types of landscapes we'd never been in before. Several…