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!