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Lower Canyons of the Rio Grande


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Ancient History Camping River Trips

Lower Canyons of the Rio Grande River in Texas

By on November 10, 2016

This is from a river trip I (Dirk) did in November of 2004 in the Lower Canyons of the Rio Grande. The trip was for Adventure Club San Antonio, which was my business at the time. It is a trip report written by our friend Marc McCord with Southwest…

Our Legs taking Us to Khlong Lan Waterfall


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Lifestyle Travel

Don’t Take Your Legs For Granted!

By on November 8, 2016

While we were in Barcelona in July 2016, we stayed with a happy, young guy/old soul named Pau.  He’d just returned to his home country after spending six months in India.  Wow, was he centered and calm!  In a heartfelt moment of counting blessings during dinner at Pau’s one…

Franz Josef Glacier, New Zealand


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Camping New Zealand Travel

Franz Josef: Hiking, Hot Pools, and Campfires

By on September 12, 2016

We pulled the Wicked camper van away from the campground at Fiordland National Park and headed toward Fox Glacier, located on the West Coast of New Zealand’s South Island.  Our plan was to visit both Fox Glacier and Franz Josef Glacier; but the weather only allowed us to visit…

Milford Sound, Fiordland National Park, New Zealand


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Camping New Zealand Travel

Fiordland National Park in New Zealand is a Must See

By on September 8, 2016

We looked inside the Wicked Camper van, and then we looked at each other and shrugged our shoulders.  Since our sons had joined us for a couple of weeks in New Zealand, we reminded the representative that we needed a van that would fit all five of us.  We…

Queenstown, New Zealand


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New Zealand Travel

Queenstown: Two Birthdays and Fun All the Time

By on September 5, 2016

A wise uncle once told Dirk, “You can’t just have fun all the time.”  But we had a different idea when we were in Queenstown, New Zealand.
Reunited at the Airport
We met up with Gerard and Steven going through security at the Auckland airport.  Nick had already cleared and was…

Auckland, New Zealand


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New Zealand Travel

Putting the Pen Down for a While in and Around Auckland

By on August 29, 2016

We said, “See ya next year!” to Emm Cee and Jeep in Rotorua, New Zealand, and drove our rental car to Auckland to meet up with Gerard, Steven and Nick.  We were so happy that our sons would be able to make the long journey from San Antonio, Texas,…

Camping Gear - Nemo Tents


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Camping RTW Trip Planning Travel

Camping Gear for Our RTW: Months of Research Paid Off

By on August 22, 2016

It took about six months for us to research and acquire all of the camping gear we have with us on this RTW trip. With space in our backpacks at a premium, and weight being critical, it was a task we didn’t want to rush. Fortunately for us, our…

Blue Lake at Rotorua, New Zealand


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New Zealand Travel

Rotorua: What We Packed Into Nine Days

By on August 18, 2016

We left Kakahi well rested and eager to meet our couch surfing hostess, Emm Cee, in Rotorua, New Zealand. Rotorua is a major tourist destination and is mostly known for its geothermal activity and Maori tradition.  We noticed as we drove into town and started looking for Emm Cee’s…

Kakahi, New Zealand


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New Zealand Travel

Kakahi: Our Week of Rest and Relaxation

By on August 15, 2016

We left Omri and Lucy’s house in Muriwai and drove to a quaint farmhouse in Kakahi, New Zealand.  We were ready for a week of catching up on writing, getting some rest, and having no specific plans or agenda for a while.
Quiet Times in Kakahi
Dirk found this great property…

Muriwai Beach, New Zealand


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New Zealand Travel

Lots to be Thankful for in Muriwai, New Zealand

By on August 11, 2016

After arriving in Auckland by bus from Bay of Islands, we picked up our rental car and made the 45-minute drive to Muriwai.  We admired beautiful Muriwai Beach, and then we found the home of our new friends Omri and Lucy. We had connected with them via the KiwiBurn…