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New Zealand

Horseplay in New Zealand with Ben the Clydesdale

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There’s a huge, four-year-old Clydesdale named Ben who plies his trade on a ridiculously scenic horseback riding station outside Queenstown, New Zealand. Ben loves to eat…anything. Ben also enjoys stopping for drinks at stream crossings and is quite perturbed by flies buzzing around his head (but who isn’t?). His best friend—or mate, as they say in these parts—is a former racehorse named George. I know all of this because I spent two hours aboard Ben on the first horseback ride of my life. Can you even be “aboard” a horse? Doesn’t matter. Read More

Trekking the Tongariro Alpine Crossing

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When asked in the early 1920s why he wanted to climb Mount Everest, legendary English mountaineer George Mallory famously replied: “Because it’s there.” Mallory died on Everest in 1924 and his body was found 75 years later. So, as it turns out, he was “there” a while himself.

My reasons for undertaking the slightly less challenging Tongariro Alpine Crossing in the center of the North Island of New Zealand were different from Mallory’s… as was my intended fate. Read More

Two Weeks in New Zealand – By the Numbers

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The first in a series of posts on my trip to New Zealand. 

Hello. Welcome to my new website and the new home of the blog you know and love. I’m kicking off this revamped blog page with a series of stories from a sensational two-week trip to New Zealand that I’ve just returned from. I’ve put together a short teaser video at the bottom of this story to give you an idea of what’s to come in those stories.

Feel free to sign up on the right side of this page to receive updates when I post new material. I’m looking forward to sharing the stories and images from this trip. New Zealand is the most stunning, pristine place I’ve ever seen and I hope the photos, videos and words that I publish here do it justice. To give you an idea of what’s in store, below is a look at the trip By the Numbers. Read More