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It happened. Donald Trump will be our next president. I still have knots in my stomach. Any plans I had made previously to flit around this country on a motorcycle in an act of celebration have been changed overnight. The word adventure has too many giggles attached to it. I woke up today with a mission. This is definitely going to ruffle a few feathers around the holiday table. 

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Rakiura will not disappoint . . . The trip to Rakiura (aka Stewart Island, the third largest, and furthest south, of  New Zealand’s islands) is, on any normal day, anything but casual. Sure, the boat looks unassuming. The crowd gathered is the usual…

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Everything’s happening in Invercargill? No, not really. It’s more of a stopover on the way south to Stewart Island, west on to the Fjordlands, north to Queenstown, or northeast on the way to Dunedin. If you find yourself stranded, like I did due to having…

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I was lying in my tent at Port Williams . . . . . . surveying the map I had picked up at the Information Center in Invercargill a few nights before. The first leg of the Rakiura Track had been much easier than I anticipated and I was kicking around the…

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Well, it’s time to wrap-up my recent trip to New Zealand. In some ways it could be seen as a bit of a bust after whole Stewart Island theft incident. But in other ways it was a learning experience I probably wouldn’t have indulged in if I were back home.…

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The forecast wasn’t promising . . . But as far as I had absorbed through being on Stewart Island previously, the forecast was more of a suggestion. It could be raining sideways one minute only to have the wind die to a mild breeze the next. I already knew…

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New Orleans, I Love You

Our itinerary said the flight from SeaTac to Louis Armstrong would be somewhere in the ballpark of five hours long. So why, while drearily shuffling up the jetway, did my brother and I swear we were only in the air for one? Perhaps it was the spirited…

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A North Cascades Oasis I’ve been coming to the town of Stehekin off and on for a few years now and it has earned its place on my “I’d Move There in a Heartbeat if I Could” list. Only reachable by boat, plane or on foot, it attracts both adventure –…

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Maple syrup on pizza? The second stop on my road trip north was Williams Lake, British Columbia (BC), Canada. I spent a large portion of my childhood visiting my grandparents in BC, and I’ve passed through many times over the years for one reason or…
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