S/V Mabel Rose

Join us for a trip from New York to Tasmania, and back, we hope. Departing Saturday.

Sealeys Tarns - A Splendid Day in the High Mountains

Dawn light woke us up in in our room at The Hermitage, and we were treated to the first red rays of the sun reflecting on the snowfield at the top of Mt Cook.

We got on the Sealeys Tarn trail before 9 am. After a pleasant approach trail, the...

Ice Retreating from Mt. Mabel

Tonight Mount Mabel is hidden in the clouds just outside our window. She has seen the glacier retreat again and again but this time the retreat has been fast.

The morning started with a conversation with a graduate school friend writing a book...

Hooker Glacier

We drove all morning and got to the Mt Cook information center around 1100 am. They were out of paper maps for the walks leaving from the Mt Cook village area, but you could download a pdf with the visitors guide and map.

Today’s half day hike...

Flea Bay Kayaking

When I went out to pee in the middle of the night last night, the stars seemed both extra bright and extra large - some trick of the atmosphere in Flea Bay, no doubt. And I heard a sound like a donkey braying hoarsely. Kevin, our penguin guide, had told us...

Blue Penguins Help the Helps

Joey Help grew up in Flea Bay under the cloud of loosing the family farm. Today with her hair pulled back and a bright headband on her head, smiles from her Yellow kayak pointing out a small blue bird perched on at the base of the grey basalt cliff.

Banks Track to Penguin Cottage

Friday morning was our chance to make thanksgiving calls to our children, since it was still Thursday in North America.. Being a day ahead while the sun is shining on both continents feels like traveling to a different planet entirely.

For the...