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A family travels from Florida to New Zealand aboard their St Francis 50 catamaran
Alec took the plunge
01/17/2009, From Kawarau Bridge , near Queenstown

Yes, Alec did it! He plunged straight down 43m (143 ft) from the first bridge where Bungy Jumping was performed (back in 1988).
He did not hesitate long to take the plunge and Mom was very happy once it was done and over!!!!! He just could not get in New Zealand and pass one of the favorite extreme sport of the Kiwis!!!!
Oui, Alec a saute! Il a plonge tout droit a 43 metres (143 pieds) du tout premier pont ou le bungy Jumping a ete originaire commercialement en 1988. Il n'a pas hesite du tout et Maman etait tres heureuse une fois la chose faite!!! Il n'a pas pu aller en NZ et ne pas sauter en Body Jumping, le sport extreme prefere des Kiwis.

New zealand view of the world! Queenstown perhaps overrated!
01/16/2009, Queenstown, NZ

I just loved this other point of view! Just a question of presentation.
J'adore ce point de vue! Juste une question de presentation!
Queenstown was fine but perhaps overrated, I prefered the quieter town of Wanaka,which is also near a big lake with magnificent mountains as well.
Queenstown etait pas mal mais je prefere Wanaka, plus tranquille et avec un aussi grand lac et de magnifiques montagnes.

01/18/2009 | Morgan
Hey guys! Yesterday we the one year mark. :( we miss you guys so much. I haven't heard from alec in a while, I hope he texts us soon.( I have nearly given up on emilie she just doesn't seem to like us any more. Just kidding) thank you for my shirt by the way, i have already worn it twice. ;) miss you, and love you!!!!
Hike to Mt Roys , a hard hike!
01/12/2009, Mt Roys near Wanaka

Today, we went to hike for 6.5 hours (already too long for me) and it was a very hard one!!!! It was a hike to Mt Roys, a 1500m peak that dominates the Wanaka lake. We went up 1200m in 4 hours then 2.5 hours down. Believe it or not the descent was the worst part and tonight our legs hurt very BAD!!!!! Not to do again.....beautiful view but not for me!!!! Goodnight.
Aujourd'hui , nous avons marche pendant 6.5 heures( deja trop longtemps pour moi) mais en plus c'etait une marche qualifiee de difficile! Cette montee au Mt Roys qui domine le lac de Wanaka restera pour moi la marche la plus dure, 1200m de denivele en 4h de montee et 2.5 heures de descente, la partie la plus difficile pour moi! A ne pas refaire meme pour les paysages magnifiques!!!!

01/15/2009 | Jill
Can you believe that you've been gone for more than a year? We can, we miss you all so much! We love all of the pics keep em coming!
The south island, a ride on the wild side!
01/10/2009, Picton then Punakaiki

Since we arrived in Picton, the south island ferry terminal, we did not stop. We hiked 15Km of the Queen Charlotte trail, a beautiful path longing the sound beginning in ship cove where captain Cook (yes, him again!) loved to hang out. Next day, we decided to head for the west coast, we picknicked in Nelson, went across following a fantastic river for miles and miles, finally stopping to cross it on a suspension bridge, the kids ziplined it back, it was so pretty and of course the sun was out and makes everything so colorful, then we arrived on the west coast where the wild Tasman sea met us with her crazy large waves, what a view all along the road, we finally found a little village called Punakaiki , a good hamburger and a good bed....Let's see what tomorrow brings out....oh and by the way, the kids still managed to squeeze in some school this morning (we woke them at 6am!), we are so tired tonight, goodbye!!!!
Depuis notre arrivee a Picton, le terminal du ferry de l'ile du sud de NZ, nous ne nous sommes pas arretes. Une marche de 15 Km sur le chemin de Queen Charlotte qui suit une baie tres profonde en commencant a Ship Cove, un des endroits preferres du capitaine Cook (encore lui, decidement, il etait partout!). Le lendemain, nous sommes partis pour la cote Ouest, apres un picnic a Nelson, nous avons continue notre traversee en longeant une riviere magnifique que nous avons par la suite traversee sur un pont a suspension, les enfants eux en zipline, le soleil etait present et bien sur tout est tellement plus l'autre cote, la mer sauvage de Tasmanie nous a accueillis avec ces vagues enormes , quelle belle vue tout au long de la route pour finalement trouver un petit village Punakaiki avec un bon hamburger et surtout un bon lit....nous verrons ce qu'apporte demain, mais quelle belle journee... Au fait, ce matin, les enfants ont travaille leur homeschool (on les a reveilles a 6h du matin) jusqu'a notre depart vers 10h30, nous sommes tres fatigues ce soir! Goodnight....

Rotorua, Thermal water and mud bath.
01/04/2009, North island, NZ

We left Auckland for Rotorua where we spent 4 days visiting the famous thermal water and mud bath, the agrodome, paradise garden but beside the usual looking ,tramping and roaming ,we really got into it once we began to luge down the mountain (not on snow, it is summertime on this side of the equator), then water rafting (with a jump of 7 meters, the highest rapid commercially rafted in the world according to our guide ) and finally Zorbing (going down a hill in a big transparent bubble), those New Zelanders really know how to have fun!!!!
It was just an amazing four days and it went all too fast, and... it was time to say our (maybe) final goodbye to Orca III and Malachi ...This was very difficult.... We have been traveling together for eight months, our kids are very very close (sometimes a little too close!) and we have been getting to know each other pretty well as our sailing trip progressed , I am so happy to have met those two amazing Canadian women, we are so very different from each other but I think we brought a lot to one another, , Dionne and Marg helped me so much in this venture and we had so many laugh, cries, I am so happy I met them... and the guys, you know they never say too much when they cut apart but I bet they will miss their frantic chat about the weather, repairs and... boats. So we are just the four of us again, this time on a land exploration towards the south island of NZ until we ship O'Vive at the end of January. We traveled all day today towards Wellington, the most south town (and windiest) of the north island which happens to also be the capital of New Zealand.
Nous avons quittes Auckland pour Roturoa ou nous avons passé quatre jours a explorer les eaux thermales et les bains de boue, l'agrodome, le jardin du paradis mais a cote des visites habituelles de cette region, nous avons vraiment vecu des aventures surprenantes, entre la descente en luge (mais pas sur la neige, n'oubliez pas que nous sommes en ete de ce cote de l'equateur ), le rafting (avec un saut de 7 metres, les rapides les plus pentus au monde etant descendus en rafts commerciaux, d'apres notre guide), et enfin "Zorbing" qui consiste a descendre le long d'une colline dans une immense bulle transparente remplie d'eau, ces New Zelanders adorent les sports extremes et originals!!!!!....
C'etait vraiment quatre jours supers et tout a ete tres vite et puis voila le temps des "au revoir" est arrive, cela a ete bien difficile de se separer de Malachi et Orca III avec qui nous avons partage nos aventures depuis huit mois...Nos enfants sont tres proches (quelquefois meme trop proches pour certains!) et nous avons appris a nous connaitre de plus en plus a mesure que notre voyage a progresse, je suis si heureuse d'avoir connu ces deux femmes canadiennes absolument geniales, nous nous sommes beaucoup apportees l'une a l'autre, Marg et Dionne m'ont tellement aides dans cette aventure, nous avons tellement rigole, pleure, je suis si heureuse de les avoir rencontrees... et les hommes vont aussi surement se souvenir avec nostalgie de leurs interminables conversations a propos du temps, des pieces a reparer, des bateaux, mouillages, etc... Maintenant, c'est de nouveau nous quatre , comme au debut et le voyage n'est pas fini, nous allons explorer l'ile du sud de NZ jusqu'au depart d'O'Vive fin Janvier. Nous avons roule toute la journe, aujourd'hui, jusqu'a Wellington , ville la plus au sud de l'ile du nord (et la plus ventee) mais aussi la capitale de la Nouvelle Zelande.

02/01/2009 | Jeri and Michael Innis
Dear David and Nathalie,

I just discovered your web-site and spent about an hour reading through your entries and looking at your pictures. Congratulations on buying a St. Francisis and for beginning your trip. It sounds like you have had a terrific time.

Did you sell your house and business? How long will you be out? One of your entries mentioned shipping O'vive the end of Jan. Where are you shipping her to? I hope your adventure is not over.
Did I read it correctly, Ecudorian diesal at $102/gal???
We returned across the Atlantic in Nov and are making our way back to the States after spending the last 2 years in the Med. Since we have been gone we had had 4 grandchildren and one more arriving the end of May so we are returning to spend a year in the States enjoying our grandchildren.
Ihope this note finds you all happy and healthy. I am glad to have your website and look forward to hearing from you.

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