Crossing Cook Strait

From Wellington on the North Island, we took a ferry across Cook Strait to Picton, on the South Island. There are two companies that provide transit across Cook Strait: Interislander and Blueridge. We booked on Interislander based on sailing times and availability, but you can select based on ship as well. We had read that... Continue Reading →

Wellington, North Island

Following our North Island Loop, we returned our rental car at the Auckland airport and flew to Wellington at the southern tip of the North Island. We had originally considered the train for that leg and then changed our thinking to the equally-long-but-much-cheaper bus. When we revisited the bus route before we booked, we realized... Continue Reading →

Washington: Anacortes and Guemes Island

We aren't able to join every year, but we try to be in Washington for the annual family gathering at Millersylvania State Park. As always, it was a wonderful 4 days with a group of about 50 amazing family members and pseudo family members (AKA friends) hosted by Norma, the 91-year-old matriarch who oozes energy,... Continue Reading →

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