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Are Those Hobbit Droppings?

When 19th century aristocrats forayed out on the Grand Tour, their travels focused on the architectural and artistic wonders of the ancient world. Like the dandies and dilettantes of old, we can’t wait to roam the ruins of Ephesus and gaze out over the desolation that once was Carthage (Hannibal is one of Dax’s favorite…

Black Water

A few days ago I was given the opportunity to go “black water rafting.” I did not really understand what it was until I looked at the brochure. Basically, it’s taking an innertube down into a cave and then using it to ride down the river inside. I thought it may be a fun experience…

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Rotorua, The Orlando of New Zealand, Part III

The reason Rotorua smells so unusual is also the reason it has developed into a tourist mecca. The heat that lurks just beneath the ground creates a ready supply of hot, mineral-rich healing waters and fantastic displays of billowing steam and erupting geysers throughout the city. After spending the morning of our second day in…

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“Sit on that Bar?!”

When dad went to pay for his and Dax’s tubing, I didn’t know that he was buying the 100 meter abseil for me and mom…. But, the other visitor, Mike, didn’t see the sign, and because his camera was a small digital one, he brought it. He took some pictures of us before we got to the abseil platform and he’s going to e-mail us them when he gets back to the US. So this post will probably have pictures in the next few weeks…. After we saw the glow worms, we trekked back through the cave to a ladder.

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Rotorua, The Orlando of New Zealand, Part II

It seemed like it would be hard to top Zorbing, but our second day in Rotorua was loaded with activities that were equally as enchanting. European Kiwi culture perhaps reaches its apotheosis in the Agrodome’s world famous Sheep Show. We joined a tourbus full of Koreans and a few scattered Aussies for 45-minutes of unadulterated…

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Rotorua, The Orlando of New Zealand, Part I

This first two and a half weeks of our 48-week adventure qualifies as a vacation rather than hard core travel. We knew they would be. Savvy parents and seasoned travelers that we are (be sure to detect the sarcasm in this assessment), we planned on easing our way into this adventure. When American parents think…

Wifi Withdrawal

How much do we rely on uninterrupted broadband access? Um….a lot more than we expected. You’re getting a bunch of posts spaced only a few hours apart because we’re having to upload them all at once and pay a pretty penny to do it. It seems none of New Zealand’s RV parks are equipped with…