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Horseplay in New Zealand with Ben the Clydesdale

By | New Zealand, Outdoor, Travel | One Comment
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

By | New Zealand, Outdoor, Travel | 3 Comments
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