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Cole Scherder
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I'm loving my new 4Runner!  Thanks to Tyler and the rest of the team at Joe Machens Toyota in Columbia, MO for the hook-up!
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Tongatapu
And Then I broke my toe.  My big toe. on my right foot. Luckily I had done my whale-swimming and my snorkeling, and biking, and really anything that needed any physical activity at all, because pretty much everything was impossible at this point. This was o...

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A little Tongan Flavor
One thing I enjoyed about traveling by myself was the complete freedom to just go with the flow without having to think twice about anything. The day of my snorkeling trip was a good example of that. I was offered a ride to town that morning by the owners o...

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Deep Sea Adventures
The biggest attraction of Vava'u is the ocean. The crystal clear, super-deep ocean full of enormous whales. after my biking day, I had a day of snorkeling and a day of swimming with whales booked. That's right: you can just swim with humpback whales. But fi...

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Vava'u Land Adventures
After a good night's sleep, I was ready to hop on one of the complimentary bikes from my hotel and just explore the island. I was actually expecting a lot more beaches to be honest. Turns out, the Vava'u group is primarily coral, and the islands are kind of...

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Tonga Time!
Many people who are close to me know that I've wanted to go to Tonga for a long time. Many people have also never heard of Tonga. The island kingdom of Tonga is a nation made of lots of tiny islands in the South Pacific. It is similar in make-up to places l...

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East Coast Adventure: Oamaru Surrounds
For the final entry of Erin and Cole's East Coast Adventures, allow us to share with you some of the fantastic geologic wonders of NZ. Let's start with the Elephant Rocks.  This is a large paddock full of big boulders that could kind of look like elephants ...

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East Coast Adventure: Dunedin to Oamaru
After our awesome West Coast Adventure, Erin and I decided to spend the following weekend exploring the East Coast a little bit. Our main destination was the Oamaru area. First stop, though, was Dunedin to visit with the lovely Howells Family! Always a deli...

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Lake Matheson
You may recall my first visit to Lake Matheson was beautiful, but disappointing. Well, the second attempt was perfect, and the views were worth walking the trail twice to see. Magic... See? The cloudy day was still pretty, but just not the same. I knew ther...

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Glacier Tour!!!!!!!!
It finally happened. I actually got to go on the glacier tour.          And it was worth all the waiting and the heartbreak. After having been turned away so many times, I was VERY skeptical up until the our helicopter landed on the ice. I just kept expecti...
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