Story Index:

Eclipse!!
08/29/2017

Summer Weekend in the Colorado Rockies
07/19/2016

Kim's Day In The Sun
02/28/2015

Tracing Roots
01/15/2015

Whitney Completes Her Master's Degree
01/10/2015

Day Trip to Moorea
11/01/2012

Stopover in Tahiti
10/30/2012

Exploring New Zealand's Northland
10/27/2012

Waiheke Island
10/24/2012

2012 Triathlon World Championships
10/23/2012

Travails with Tom-Tom
10/21/2012

Off to New Zealand!
10/18/2012

Cycling on the Oregon Coast
07/24/2012

Partial Solar Eclipse, May 20
05/23/2012

"Tour of California" Bike Race comes through town!
05/15/2012

Wildflower Triathlon a family affair
05/07/2012

Truth in Packaging?
04/01/2012

Nik Graduates from Cal Poly
12/10/2011

Cal Poly's Open House Weekend
04/17/2011

Cultural Musings...
09/18/2009

2009 Triathlon World Championships
09/12/2009

Sightseeing around the Gold Coast
09/09/2009

South Bank: Brisbane's Fine Arts center
09/05/2009

Brisbane, Australia
09/04/2009

Catching up . . .
08/31/2009

Summa Cum Laude, Baby!
06/15/2008

Kim completes her first Half-Ironman
06/10/2008

Kim Visits Home for Wildflower Triathlon
05/16/2008

The Last Supper
02/16/2008

Farewell, Dad
01/15/2008

Whitney Plays Final Soccer Game
12/10/2007

Watch the Women's World Cup!
09/12/2007

Kim Blazes Chicago Triathlon
08/27/2007

Nik Bicycles Pacific Coast
08/15/2007

Whitney Begins Final Season
08/13/2007

More Triathlons for Kim
06/15/2006

Corvallis gets snow!
03/09/2006

Pac-10 Conference Player of the Week
01/15/2006

Whitney's new cat
09/26/2005

Kim in Chicago Triathlon
08/31/2005

Rare family get-together
08/23/2005

Empty Nest
08/11/2005

Whitney Signs National Letter-of-Intent
02/08/2004

ODP cancels European tour
04/11/2003

Whitney renamed to Regional Team
08/07/2002

Kim graduates from Willamette
06/17/2002

Whitney Stars in High School Soccer
03/07/2002

Nik graduates from UTI
01/07/2002

2001 - A Year for Remembrance
12/30/2001

Whitney selected to the 2001 State ODP pool for U-15 Girls
03/22/2001

Kim returns from Europe
02/02/2001

2000: A Year for Traveling
12/15/2000

Kim Travels Europe
11/24/2000

Whitney selected to the US Far Western Regional ODP Pool!
07/14/2000

Congratulations to Nik, Ygnacio Valley High Graduating Class of 2000!
06/30/2000
Exploring New Zealand's Northland


Looking toward the north headlands as the waters of the Tasman Sea (on the left) collide with the waters of Hokianga Harbour (on the right).


We've made our way to the small vacation village of Kerikeri, near the Bay of Islands. Lucy has reserved, sight unseen, a room at the Woodlands Motel. What a gem this has turned out to be! The motel is tucked back off the road down a long, forested gravel driveway. Behind the lounge, deck, pool and spa, the rooms consist of several small, two-unit cabins along a meandering boardwalk. Our comfortable room has its own private deck facing the forest. Like everyone we've met in this country, the proprietors, Wendi and Tony, are cheery and a joy to chat with. If you're visiting this part of the country, this is the place to stay!


It's enormously peaceful sitting on the deck with a morning cup of tea, watching and listening to all the exotic birds flitting amongst the ferns, redwoods, and eucalyptus trees.


This is Kiwi Country--the bird kind. We venture over to Aroha Island, a Kiwi sanctuary, for a visit. Kiwis are night creatures, so we're not going to see any during the day, but the center is a treasure trove of displays and information about the life, biology, and history of the elusive bird. And naturally, the caretaker-couple who live on the island are friendly and eager to talk with us. This still being somewhat of the off-season, we're the only visitors there.


View of Matauri Bay from the Rainbow Warrior Monument.



The Rainbow Warrior Monument commemorates a Greenpeace ship sunk in a New Zealand harbour by French agents in 1985.



Pair of Maori War Canoes on display at the Waitangi Treaty Grounds.



Posted by Dan 10/27/2012, revised 11/09/2012 by Dan
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