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Winter Wonderland in Canada

26 March 2016
Yes, it's winter in Canada and we are in the thick of it.

There has been a hint of spring, but mother nature can be fickle at this time of year. Two weeks ago we had temperatures in the mid teens (mid 70s for you Fahrenheit folks), then a huge snow storm that gave the kids two days off of school and now heavy freezing rain that coated everything to the point of tree branches bending to the ground and snapping like toothpicks.

Where are the palm trees and beaches?

This is the house we are currently living in. We'll be here until our house is rebuilt....we don't know when. We'd hoped to start rebuilding in spring....which is now....but progress is slow, because the process is slow.
We can't complain because this house is spacious and comfortable, though quite dark. We've talked about lightening it up with some brighter paint. Just haven't gotten there yet. Still too much to do regarding the fire.

Winter in Canada

26 March 2016
Maia, Liam, Zoe, Jaya

Loving the snow.
Building snow buddies.
Make snow angels.

But.....also looking forward to spring!!!

Snow Buddies

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Winter Wonderland

26 March 2016
Patterns in nature.

Winter Wonderland

26 March 2016
Freezing rain.

Winter Wonderland

26 March 2016
Vessel Name: Gromit
Vessel Make/Model: Olympic Adventure
Hailing Port: Toronto
Crew: Michael, Cornelia, Zoe, Maia, Liam. Photo: At Tilloo Bank, Elbow Cay, Bahamas (photo by Frank Taylor)
About: Michael: The technical/mechanical/all about the boat and systems guy. Cornelia: The lists/house and land details gal. Zoe, Maia and Liam: Gromit's Skippers in Training!
Extra: Departure date: Summer 2008 email us at:
Gromit's Photos - Camping Around North Island, New Zealand
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Going Camping!!!!
Have we got everything???!
In a town named Taupo, we found a hot spring - and was it hot!!
The fallen tree!
Trees blocking the road with the next ones poised to fall. Within an hour of the trees having been cleared, the leaning ones were blown over, blocking the road again.
Regrouping. We were going to set up camp in the middle of this open area, when we were told that the campground was being closed so we had to leave. Plan
Snug and dry at Ron and Carol
Tent repair in their driveway.
We climbed the Mount in Tauranga.
The fire starters.
This river was only foot steps away from our camp site.
A small town at East Cape where the road turns south to follow the beautiful and rugged eastern shore of North Island.
Tolaga Bay Wharf
The wharf is 660 metres  long and apparently the longest in the southern hemisphere.
This youth hostel,
Zoe doing what she loves to do: bake!
Scones with M&Ms in them.
Heading north of Auckland via inland roads. It is lush and green.
West Coast (Tasman Sea) near the Kauri forests.
We did this amazing hike. The first half was along the beach.
Sand art.
Liam rides the bronco-dinosaur.
Behind this arch was the steep track up to the second half of the hike.
The second half of the hike was coming back along the same stretch of beach, but on a path high atop the cliff.
Giant Kauri trees.
This is Tane Mahuta, believed to be around 2000 years old. Can you imagine? I can
Luckily, for scale, it it just possible to see the kids at the bottom of the picture . The size of this tree is unbelievable.
While we were camping at Trounson Park, Fred and Cinda from s/v Songline, came to visit.
It was Easter weekend and when we went walking in the Kauri forest with them, look what we found. Hmmmmm! Fred? Cinda?
This interesting waterfall was part of a hike that Michael and kids did.
Ron and Carol (Caroline
Caroline aboard Gromit for lunch.
Dave, Caroline and Michael. Dave and Caroline were instrumental in our coming to New Zealand. They spoke so highly of it that we couldn


Who: Michael, Cornelia, Zoe, Maia, Liam. Photo: At Tilloo Bank, Elbow Cay, Bahamas (photo by Frank Taylor)
Port: Toronto