How You Going?

G’day, mate!How you going?Sweet as! Corroboree has been in Brisbane for three weeks now, and as you can see, Eric and I are trying to learn a bit of the Australian language. What? You mean they don’t speak English? No, not exactly. So before I tell you about Brisbane itself, here a few linguistic tips […]

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How to Earn a Cold Beer

Sometimes our cruising life seems utterly strange, even to us. In the ten days we spent traveling the 121 miles from Port Bundaberg to Mooloolaba, our current stop, we have had a humpback whale flipper surface twenty feet from our hull, practiced archery at an eco resort on the largest sand island in the world, […]

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Waiting for Jacob

7 June 2019, 9:00 .a.m. At latitude 17 degrees south of the equator, Cairns, Australia is located well within the tropical belt. So it should be warm and sunny here as we await the arrival of Jacob Adoram in his 28’ ocean rowing boat after an 11-month, nonstop, singlehanded, 7,100-mile voyage from Seattle, WA. The […]

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The Road to Oz

In early April, with the cyclone season over in the South Pacific, cruisers in New Zealand gather in Opua, the checkout point for passages north to Tonga, Fiji and New Caledonia or, in our case, west to Australia. With Corroboree in excellent shape after her refit, we researched entry ports, plotted our course, secured our […]

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Only in New Zealand

It’s going to be hard to leave New Zealand. From the start of our voyage, New Zealand was the big goal on our horizon. In addition to Auckland being Corroboree’s birthplace, it would be the farthest Eric and I had ever sailed or traveled, and we planned to make it one of our longest stays. […]

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Gobsmacked

It’s practically an existential crisis when a writer runs out of adjectives, and I just about did that on the month-long camping trip Eric and I took around the North and South Islands of New Zealand in February. “Oh, this is beautiful/gorgeous/spectacular/breathtaking!” I exclaimed, as one staggering vista after another appeared around each bend in […]

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How to Live in Your Car for a Month

When we bought our van, Sage, in mid-November, our main concern was to find an inexpensive 6- or 7-seater vehicle that could transport us, our children and their spouses during their visit to New Zealand over the Christmas holiday. “By the way,” the friendly car dealer said as we signed the papers, “did you know […]

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Friend or Foe?

Shortly after our arrival in New Zealand last October, a friend in the US asked us about  the present-day relationship between the Maori and the New Zealanders of European descent. “Is there apartheid?” she asked. This is not the type of question a short-term visitor should presume to answer without research and evidence, and our […]

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All Work and No Play

…makes for surly sailors. Just ask, if you could, the residents of 19th-century Russell, New Zealand. Located on the beautiful Bay of Islands, Russell was the first permanent European settlement in New Zealand and a welcome port of call for the whaling ships and merchant vessels that dropped anchor in its turquoise waters, sometimes after […]

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50 Shades of Green

Just how beautiful is New Zealand? Let me count the ways. First, there’s the coastline. So far we have sailed past rocky cliffs and jutting peaks, shining bays dotted with islands and picturesque anchorages, pristine white-sand beaches, and swathes of forest right down to the shoreline. Long stretches are undeveloped, and those that are comprise […]

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