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Nov 24, 2015 - Exploring the North End

Yesterday we had an adventure finding our Marina for the 1/2 day North End cruise. Made it with 1 minute to spare. The islands at the North End of the "North Island" are beautiful - both craggy and rolling hills which is what we are discovering is a bit of the norm here. We saw a 15-20 dolphin pod playing with the boats following them. Went through the "Hole in the Rock" (amazing captain) where it is good luck to be "dripped" on. Stopped for a hiked up a gorgeous grass covered hill - the view from which is posted in the picture with the two...

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Nov 22, 2015 - Travel to Opua - First day driving on the Wrong Side of the Road

Picked up the car first thing this morning and headed North-East out of Auckland (pronounced similarly to Oakland- BTW). Al is awesome - he got us back to the hotel to get our luggage and out of the city with no problems. There was great scenery along the way - I didn't get pictures but some hills were covered in every color of green imaginable. Perhaps I can capture it on our way back. Notes regarding driving on the left (quoted from Al): (a) have to really focus and pay attention, (b) the side mirrors help position within the lane (when...

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Dec 15, 2009 - Brisbane to New Zealand

Dec 12th 400 miles off shore Life on a crossing is some thing most people will never experience. In fact it probably different than most people would really think. First off you work in shifts around the clock. Some one has to be actively watching 360 degrees of ocean 24 hours a day. Contrary to what you might think this is much easer at might when the radar does the work for you. This watch system does weird things to the system. Your sleep patterns get all messed up and the constant motion is like being in a fun house that has no exit...

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