I began my solo travels in November 2016. It did not seem beneficial to anyone for me to sit at home in Hawai’i alone, yet it did not seem a great weather time to travel elsewhere–until I remembered that November is the end of spring/beginning of summer in…New Zealand!
So I booked a flight to Auckland. We had hosted Katherine McKenzie from Auckland in 1982 for a year (when she was in high school). I didn’t know her married name, and thought it unlikely I could find her. At the last minute, I googled her name, and found she was practicing medicine in Auckland under her maiden name!
Connections were made, and we wound up getting together and had lots of fun getting reacquainted. While at Katherine and Jeremy’s home, I made this short video:
After my week in Auckland, I strapped on my trekking pack, and flew down to Queenstown, South Island.
The trekking adventure begins on South Island, New Zealand in November of 2015.
Along Milford Sound track.
First lodge on the Milford Sound track: Glade House.
Pompolona Lodge ahead. MacKinnon Pass tomorrow.
Lots of waterfalls.
A lot of mossy trail to climb.
Descending from MacKinnon Pass.
A fine ending to the most storied ‘tramp’ in New Zealand…
We all send good wishes
Aloha to you both, Ira and Tomoe. You are in my thoughts always.