Saturday, December 26, 2009
Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Well good bye West Coast and hello Holidays! Holidays as in Christmas and new years... and also Holidays as in vacation for a few weeks. We left Barrytown last Friday for a trip up through Abel Tasman National Park, Nelson, Wellington and Hamilton. I am currently in Tauranga in the Bay of Plenty on the East coast of the North island. Its not the chilly-air, wrapped up beside a fire, Christmas Vacation playing on the DVD, poking fun at my brothers, cooking with mom, having an TAB (Tasty Adult Beverage) with dad, and Christmas carols 24-7 on all the radios...but it will be nice. I have some great friends and a family that I will be spending it with... So although I will not be with my loving fam (whom of course I will greatly miss laughing and conversing and being with), everyone can sleep soundly as I will be very well taken care of! I know everyone was worried! Ha! But truthfully, take advantage of the chance you have to share meals and hugs and presents and love...after all...Tis the Season!
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
We’ve all heard the expression, “Beauty is only skin deep!’’ Today I am inviting everyone that follows my blog to take a look beneath the surface. This pertains to many things we encounter on a daily basis... individuals, places, situations, etc. Sometimes it takes a little while to know the true personality of a person or place...or when you look deeper into things, you will discover a side or aura that you didn’t know was there. Other times it takes a situation in order for this beauty to present itself. For example, the beach here in Barrytown is covered with rocks... gray rocks... the beach just looks gray. Then on a jog one drizzly morning...yeah the same drizzle that brings most people down into depressing funk like the Monday blues...the rain exposed the most beautiful of colors! That’s right...the gray rocks were all of a sudden exploding with many deep rich colors when you actually took a closer look. Once wet, the rocks true colors were revealed and it was a great treasure. So, today I invite everyone to take a more in-depth peak at things. You might be surprised at the beauty you will find when you dig deeper and look beneath the surface!
Thursday, December 10, 2009
Friday, December 4, 2009
"Life is one fast-moving train, and you have to jump aboard and
hold on to your hat and relish the sweep of the wind as it rushes
by. You have to enjoy the journey, it's unthankful not to."
Saturday, November 28, 2009
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
As I sit here over 8,000 miles away from home, the day before Thanksgiving, it makes me appreciate all those times and meals and laughs that I have been fortunate to have with a loving and enjoyable family. Family is extremely important to me and I am one of those lucky few to have one...and not just have one, but have a GREAT one! To my fam back home, wish I was there to spend some good Q.T. with you! It is refreshing to know, though, that I will be celebrating T-giving with my West coast 'family' and several locals here tomorrow night. We are doing a Hangi feast... which is a traditional Maori meal cooked in the ground. Several people are all pitching in and we will be roasting duck, bull, chook and pig...plus other dishes like my Mac 'n' chee. And of course everyone will be drawing hand turkeys like back in kindergarten and getting a history lesson on the original Thanksgiving between the Pilgrims and the Indians. So enjoy yourselves and your families... eat up and soak up the moment! Bon Appetit!
Friday, November 20, 2009
Each morning I help lead a circuit with whomever wants to join... backpackers, fellow staffers (including the manager who is an Ironman and Triathlete). We usually jog down to the beach for some exercises using our body weight and various sized rocks! Rock relays, boulder tossing, piggybacking, pushups, situps, water-running, etc. Great workouts in a beautiful setting! Keep it rolling!
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
There are beautiful places and unique scenery everywhere...all over the world. From the rugged West coast of New Zealand’s South island ...to the Royal Mile at Edinburgh castle...to the gob-smacking Mediterranean views in Cinque Terra, Italy...to Sydney’s Opera House Harbor...to the clear caribbean waters of Staniel Cay Bahamas...to the awe inspiring Grand Canyon... All of these places that I have been fortunate to visit have a common thread of being gorgeous destinations. But the underlying theme of a location reaching that “Awesome” label is of course your interaction with the people there and sharing it with someone.
Individuals can make or break the experience. Being in good company enhances the aura of a place ten-fold. For example, I am often reminded of my experience at Camp Cherokee. Facility-wise, it is very rustic with no fancy “bells and whistles”...it’s the people there that make the experience memorable. The same goes with many of these fantastic destinations...the people that you encounter along the journey make it the difference of being just another beautiful location or being an unbelievable experience!
Europe was better because of my fellow backpackers, Catfish and Patches. Australia was an outstanding experience because of my mates Emily, Ron and Tish. Well so far, my kiwi adventures have been killer due to my new friends in Auckland and now here in Barrytown. Just think about it yourself, a sunset is much more vibrant and vivid when sharing it with someone. Sweet as!
Thursday, November 12, 2009
Saturday, November 7, 2009
Red Denim?? Are you serious? Oh yes...But I blog about red denim not because of the garment itself, but because of what hidden gem was wearing them. We walked into the only pub in Marahau in Abel Tasman...and while observing the scene and doing my favorite hobby, people watching, I noticed a gentleman in red denim pants. He was an older lean man with a relaxed look about him... relaxed as if kind of clueless yet comfortable. In addition to his red denim, he was also wearing a red button down shirt and I quietly thought to myself, “That gentleman sure does like red.” Moving on around to other parts of the pub, there was another man with a straw hat, full thick beard, weathered visage, and looking as if he had many stories to tell. The scene that unfolded was awesome and reminded me of the great values of being non-judgmental because you never know about people. It was open mic night and "Red Denim" went up on stage with "The Bearded Storyteller" and they proceeded to JAM OUT on the harmonica, ukulele, guitar and electric fiddle! LEGIT! It was such a fun vibe and I was in awe at these individuals and their talents!
This happens quite often in everyday life, and we should be conscious of our labeling and strive to not judge. Lets use our energy on other nice things. Don't take it from me... take it from Red Denim! Cheers!
Alrighty, currently I have ventured down to the South Island via Wellington and Abel Tasman National Park. Allen Schapiro has joined me for this trek and is staying a week in between his travels back to the East coast after 5 months in Singapore. We hopped on the Stray Bus in Picton and are traveling with other adventurers from Germany, Switzerland, England, Holland, Italy, Canada, Romania, Russia, New Zealand and the States. Yesterday, he and I and a few more bros did the Coastal Track in Abel Tasman. Its a 12 kilometer tramp all along the coast line beaming with gorgeous views of vivid greenish-turquoise waters and plush rainforest vegetation. Stunning! It was the best sunny day here in NZ so far and you can tell that summer is right around the corner!
Sunday, November 1, 2009
Thursday, October 29, 2009
Saturday, October 24, 2009
2 weeks...that's my current tour length. It has flown by, but seems longer with all the activities: hiking volcanoes, swimming in cold water and natural hot springs, climbing rocks, eating local cuisine, chatting with people from all over the world, skyping back home, dancing, bungy jumping, job searching, walking, experiencing, etc.
Thursday, October 22, 2009
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Sunday, October 18, 2009
Alrighty...Monday morning and no Blues here! Still high off of the weekend in which 12 of my new friends (Germans, Kiwis, Americans) and I went down to Taupo which is a crater lake formed from one of the biggest volcanic blasts in the history of the world. Beautiful with lots of geo-thermal activity. We jumped into a cold lake and then sat in the natural hot thermal streams that emptied into the lake...like a jacuzzi! Had a 'good feed' (Ate lots of delicious food) and our little house was 'choice' (really cool). Back in Auckland now and have my weeks accommodations covered as I will be staying with one of my new peeps, Chris.