Stephen

Stephen

Solar Eclipse 2024

It took us several weeks, but we finally made it to Comfort Texas. Here we rendezvoused with friends and other earthcruiser owners. The weather forecast was not good, but we decided to stay put instead of chasing better weather. And…

NRAO Very Large Array

A few hours outside of Albuquerque is Very Large Array or VLA. Stephen has been wanting to go this engineering marvel for decades, and finally got the chance. Caroline visited the VLA back in 2005 with Deirdre, and was special…

Petroglyph National Monument

Headed north out to Albuquerque to Boca Negra Canyon, which is just one of the Petroglyph National Monument sites. There are hundreds of archeological sites and an estimated 24,000 petroglyph images carved by Ancestral Pueblo peoples and early Spanish settlers.…

4 Corners

We made a small side-trip to visit 4 Corners, the only place in United States where there is a confluence of four states; Utah, Colorado, Arizona and New Mexico intersect at a Monument and tourist attraction. Apparently the monument is…

Capitol Reef National Park

This little National Park has managed to elude us over the last 20 years. We arrived late to the campground as we made the decision to spend most of the day enjoying the amazing scenery of Grand Staircase–Escalante National Monument.…

Red Canyon

Between Great Basin National Park and Capitol Reef National is the Red Canyon.in Dixie National Forest. It was a good spot to stop for the night. We headed up a dirt side road to find a secluded wild camping spot.…

Return to Cape Reinga

Day 33 After a few days rest and relaxation in Kerikeri, it was time to head North to Cape Reinga to finish the first 20 kms of Te Araroa walk. When I started from Cape Reinga, I had to skip…

Auckland Airport

Day 32 Feet are sore and have blisters on both feet now. I applied some Compeed to the left foot, to see if that helps. I suspect it will not. Another hot day. At the half way point was the…

Over the Hill to Drury

Day 31 Did not get a great sleep. Seems like the folks in Mercer like to drive their loud and throaty cars all night. Fortunately I was exhausted from the previous day, so when I finally did fall asleep I…

No Mercy getting to Mercer

Day 30 Today was brutal. I have declared this the hardest day on trail so far. I was warned it would be a hard day, so I was a little prepared. Unfortunately the hardest bits were at the end and…

To Huntly Golf Course

Day 29 The day would start with a climb up to the viewpoint on Hakarimata walkway. I knew the climb would be tough, but it was a little tougher than I expected. One of the WWOFers did the walk the…

Returning to the Trail

Day 28 Janet and David fed me breakfast and drove me to my starting point. I could start anywhere, but planned to start about 8 kms outside of Hamilton, meaning I would walk first towards Hamilton, through the city center,…

To Auckland

Day 26 and 27 It would take 2 more days to walk to Auckland city. The first day to Stillwater and the second day along the costal path and the north shore beaches. The forecast for heavy rain never eventuated,…

Kayak Trip and Orewa

Day 25 Wet start to the day and a wet finish. And everything in between was great. The plan to push on yesterday worked well, making it easy to catch the 12 noon outgoing tide for the Kayak trip. As…

Dome Forest

Day 23 and 24 Time to leave the beach and head up and into the forest, including the Dome Forest. We knew from others before us, that the trail would be muddy and slow. So mentally prepared for two long…