Waiwera – Matakohe, NZ: Adventure Day

The rain was pouring down again last night, and off and on this morning. We couldn’t really do any of the hikes in the rain so we had another leisurely morning. We didn’t leave the site till after ten. – Ty had read about a neat walk along a river with some suspension bridges. So […]

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Mt. Maunganui – Auckland – Waiwera, NZ: Adventure Day

During the nights the floodgates opened. It was raining sheets and sheets. I knew we had parked by a lake and felt silly asking Ty but wanted to make sure it wasn’t going to flood. We just don’t get rain like this in Alaska! By the morning it was hit and miss, fine for 10 […]

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Rotorua-Matamata-Mt.Whanganui NZ – Adventure Day

It’s R’s birthday today! She’s 7! We decorated the RV last night after she went to sleep, with banners and balloons. Laying out her presents on the table. She was surprised by the extra little gifts. Then we lit the candle on her muffin and sang Happy Birthday to her. – We packed up then, […]

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Rotorua NZ – Adventures Day 2

Ty called the RV company early in the morning. They we actually helpful this time and sent a mobile mechanic to us! He was able to give us a new secondary battery and fixed our broken headlight. Finally something was going right! I had read about a cafe where they have cats you can pet. […]

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Rotorua NZ – Adventure Day 1

We tried to enjoy the playground at the RV Park in the morning but everything was wet. So we packed up and headed to Huka Honey Hive I’d heard it was an interactive bee exhibit. But it turned out to just be a honey gift shop with small bee keeping outfits the kids could try […]

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Taupo NZ – Adventure Day 2

We woke up in a normal temperature RV! It wasn’t overly warm but we weren’t freezing. Yay for small victories. We took our time over breakfast and then went next door to the AC Baths. It’s a pool complex with a large outdoor pool, 2 toddler areas, 2 lane pools, an indoor learn to swim […]

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Taupo NZ – Adventure Day 1

So last night with no heat. I slept in my fleece and a down vest and was fine. Perhaps this was aided by my cold meds. The kids had three or four blankets piled on, and we’re fine. Poor Ty was loaded up with fleece, a beanie, and his coat with the hood up but […]

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Waitomo NZ – Adventure Day

So we found out last night that our battery wasn’t fully charged for the heater. 😱 It was a frosty night! Also unless our RV is plugged in the outlets and the microwave don’t work. It’s a learning curve for sure! We woke up seeing our breathe in the camper. So Ty started up the […]

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Anchorage to New Zealand – Travel Days

Thursday night/Friday morning we woke the kids up for our flight at 1:30am. We’re big believers in letting the kids get whatever sleep they can at home before a late flight. They will still sleep on the plane. The flight that started this adventure was a $400 from Seattle to Auckland. So he then found […]

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Alaska to Hawaii for the Weekend – Our Last Day

We woke up early like usual. Had a bit of bagels and fruit in our room. Packed up a bit and headed to the beach to meet our Colorado friends. They had brought an inflatable SUP board along with full face snorkel masks. The SUP and the full face snorkel were awesome! I’m not a […]

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