The Scenery in Montana

The Scenery in Montana

My favorite grocery store cashier was telling me about a wonderful road trip to Montana that she took years ago with “the girls.” A friend’s mother had become a forest ranger in the mountains of Montana. So the four women in their 20s drove out there...
And You Thought YOUR Mama Was Tough

And You Thought YOUR Mama Was Tough

Traveler’s Notebook: A highlight of a recent trip to New Zealand was watching a couple of kiwi birds at a sanctuary in Queenstown. Because these wonderful, endangered birds are nocturnal, in order to see them in the daytime, you had to stumble into a blackened...
Over a Barrel in New Zealand

Over a Barrel in New Zealand

On a recent trip to New Zealand we went on a jetboat ride on the scenic Waikato River near Huka Falls north of a big blue marvel, Lake Taupo.   The driver roared over the Nga Awa Purua Rapids in his 500-hp Chevy V8 engine to the base of a gorgeous waterfall. He...
A Penguin Love Story

A Penguin Love Story

One of our favorite experiences on a recent trip to New Zealand was a visit to The Penguin Place conservatory. It is located outside Dunedin on the southeast tip of the country. The Otago Peninsula is a wildlife mecca, home for a struggling group of rare, endangered...
We’re Not in Kansas Any More

We’re Not in Kansas Any More

It didn’t take long to spot differences between our home in the heartland of America, and the quirky and wonderful country of New Zealand:   One wonders what that last town’s sports teams are nicknamed, and if the cheerleaders can root them on without...
Airport Humor: Is Anything Missing?

Airport Humor: Is Anything Missing?

Just back from a Christmas trip to New Zealand. Loved the country and the “chipper” people we met. Because of a luggage snafu, our bags sat at LAX for nearly half of our trip. Before they caught up with us, my Beloved had a golf round scheduled at The...