Back Into Pumpkins

Trip Start Jan 14, 2008
Trip End Feb 21, 2008

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Saturday, February 23, 2008

Well, all our flights went without a hitch, and here we are back where we started. We've definitely turned back into pumpkins, and have boxes of mail to sort through, emails to return, laundry to wash, and internal clocks to reset. The days sure feel short here--we are used to having daylight until 9:30 pm! It feels odd to be putting our boots, tents, and packs, which became simultaniously our ever-present home, our best friends, and our luggage, back in the closet. As we tramped, Sidney was fascinated with the idea that we could put our tents in our packs and our packs in our tents....

We returned to the Asheville airport Thursday night near midnight, and when we checked into a motel across the street and flipped on the TV, the CNN Clinton-Obama debate was about to begin, so we watched it. Now we're up to date.

Thanks, everybody, for being the recipients of (and in some cases, I'm sure, putting up with) our travel notes. It was fun keeping you all updated and--although both Sidney and I kept journals of our own--creating a record of the trip we can look up on the web.

I've added a few photos on a few entries where we couldn't post any at the time, but I'll let you decide for yourselves if you want to go back through and look.

Mary Ellen
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dannyhiker on

Welcome back
Welcome back. It sounds like you had a wonderful trip and had a full kiwi experience. Note, I didn't say *the* full kiwi experience. I'm sure you collected heaps of other places to go and tramp and you just must go back to New Zealand.

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