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Journey in my Tangled State of Mind

PHILIPPINES | Tuesday, 25 Feb 2020 | By ritchiebasilio | Views [23] | Video

Maneuvering along on a narrow rocky road, like a country cowboy, this I remember, I switch off the engine of my utility vehicle when I spot this man walking towards us. A then asks, for a way and behind am my friends this is what I see in my mind's eye, ... Read more >

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Napier's Art Deco Week

NEW ZEALAND | Sunday, 23 Feb 2020 | By graynomadsusa | Views [9]

SOMETIMES WE GET LUCKY IN OUR TRAVELS.  Fortune smiled on us twice this weekend.  Kiwis Ron and Rita — more about them later — had invited us to stay in their lovely Napier home.  Napier, you may remember, was razed by a devastating ... Read more >


Rotorua — What's That Smell?

NEW ZEALAND | Friday, 21 Feb 2020 | By graynomadsusa | Views [10]

ROTORUA STINKS.  ‘NUFF SAID?  Geysers, mud pots and hot springs perfume Rotorua with Eau de Chemistry Lab and thousands of tourists pay handsomely for the experience.  But if you’ve visited before like we have — twice ... Read more >


Endangered Birds of Tiritiri Matangi

NEW ZEALAND | Sunday, 16 Feb 2020 | By graynomadsusa | Views [35]

FULLERS 360 FERRY LEFT THE DOCK AT 9:00 “en punto” for the 75-minute trip out to Tiritiri Matangi Island.  An hour and a quarter doesn’t seem long on dry land but when the ferry starts pitching and rolling, time seems to slow ... Read more >


Muriwai Gannet Colony

NEW ZEALAND | Saturday, 15 Feb 2020 | By graynomadsusa | Views [24]

WE WERE IMPRESSED WITH THE MURIWAI GANNET COLONY in 2005 when we were fledgling birders and we were just as impressed on Saturday.  Hundreds of gannets who call Muriwai home covered the cliffs and the tops of two sea stacks just offshore while ... Read more >


Photos: North Island

NEW ZEALAND | Saturday, 15 Feb 2020 | By graynomadsusa | Photo Gallery


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Auckland Forecast: Hardly Sunny

NEW ZEALAND | Friday, 14 Feb 2020 | By graynomadsusa | Views [28]

BARELY A DAY HAS PASSED AND THE CRUISE seems a distant memory.  We hopped on the airport bus, picked up our shiny black Suzuki Swift and went in search of Sunny Holiday House, only about 10K from the harbor.  We waited out the three hours ... Read more >


Cruise Recap: Don't Mess With Mother Nature!

NEW ZEALAND | Thursday, 13 Feb 2020 | By graynomadsusa | Views [41]

NEW ZEALAND IS SURELY ONE OF GOD’S BETTER EFFORTS.  While the country is always beautiful, if the sun is shining New Zealand can be freakin’ spectacular.  When a 20 th Century edition of Lonely Planet from our first visit ... Read more >


A Rare Visit to Stewart Island on Waitangi Day

NEW ZEALAND | Friday, 7 Feb 2020 | By graynomadsusa | Views [41]

A FRIEND COMPLAINED AFTER TAKING THE SAME NOORDAM CRUISE (in reverse) that he didn’t get to see enough of New Zealand.  Lack of time is my major gripe with cruises in general — that and the fact that ports, like railroad stations, seldom ... Read more >


Sydney to Tassie

AUSTRALIA | Monday, 3 Feb 2020 | By graynomadsusa | Views [30]

THIRTY-KNOT WINDS WHIPPED SPUME from the waves — White Horses the English call them — and forced Noordam into a port-side list.  Luckily, the swells were moderate so the rockin’ and rollin’ was minimal as we cruised through ... Read more >