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What a Grand Sound!
July 4th, 2003 | View Post
I did forget to mention one thing regarding Nelson. When we stopped in the National Cathedral, I was given the opportunity to play a giant church pipe organ consisting of over 2,500 pipes. It was incredible and I would highly advise anyone presented with the moment to take it.

Laptop Access Increasingly Hard to Find
July 3rd, 2003 | View Post
I apologize for taking so many days to get our new content online but it seems as we travel through the South Island it is becoming very difficult for me to find internet access. While internet cafes are still around (though becoming increasingly expensive for slower service), they will not let me plug my laptop in. I suppose it is fair to give them some credit as the typical reasons for WHY I cannot plug in are them wanting to remain hassle-free and ensure their networks are secure. Regardless, it has become quite a nuisance for me as I expect to be turned down in most places now. I can only hope that the larger cities will have less strict policies.

Have you ever wondered just how close you can get to a seal? Well apparently it is close enough to learn that they have the worst breath of any living animal I have ever encountered in my life. While driving down HWY 1 from Blenheim to Kaikoura we came across the Ohau Seal Colony (or so the signs read). While deciding that I was a National Geographic photographer for the day I approcahed a few seals very closely as you can see in the new gallery photos. When startled they become quite frightening and their well known bark quickly turns into a low pitched snarl, much like that of a tiger.

Photo Gallery Updates:
Camper Van
Animal Encounters
National Cathedral in Nelson
Lake Rotoiti
Black Sands Beach
Ohau Seal Colony
A Bit of Hot and Cold News
July 2nd, 2003 | View Post
I am still not exactly sure how this happened, but a small mishap has finally taken place on the trip. While running through Wellington to catch our bus back to Lower Hutt (where the motor park was), my camera somehow slipped from its bag. It fell into the middle of the road and has been damaged. The far right side of the lens has been cracked and the frame has loosened itself a little ways. I have no idea how, but it still takes fabulous pictures. The only incident seems to arise from zooming to 200mm and trying to use the auto-focus. In such a setting it seems to pick up a bit of the fracture and hence cannot focus properly. This also is not a problem since the camera has manual focus as well. So, sadly it is now a 'tainted' camera, but thankfully still in fine working order. I would also like to note that all photos past the 'Te Papa National Museum' gallery will have been taken with the broken camera. Please email me if you notice any flaws in the picture(s).

Photo Gallery Updates:
Camper Van
Animal Encounters
Palmerston North
Te Papa National Museum
Cook Straight
Marlborough Sound
What are we planning to do?
June 25th, 2003 | View Post
After much contemplation, we have decided to travel the country before deciding where to begin living. While it is not unreasonably expensive to live in the central Auckland area, it seems that we will be bound to a contract. While it would only be a short contract, we feel that we should explore our options before deciding to stay in Auckland.

As a result, we are renting a mid size camper tomorrow morning (Thursday, June 26th) and driving as far south as we can drive down HWY 1.