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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bunnyjohns on

Thank You
Thanks for taking the time to share your trip with us. It was great traveling through New Zealand vicariously.


esseffell on

'Saturday' and I will catch-up with you soon. We need to visit Almond and take some books off your hands.

sfl and the yaller dawg

adperrin on

there's no place like home...
I'm so glad you guys are home - safe and sound. David has missed not having Sidney to call on the weekends.
You guys have done something most of us dream about. Thanks for sharing it with us. It was FUN on this is a wonder!
Hope to catch up with you in the near future.

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.

annies-b on

We are back from Minnesota now too!
Hope you still get this - We are back from our Winter Camping adventure. Ditto to many of the commnets - I really enjoyed reading your blog and having the experience of re-living our adventures in New Zealand. You did so much more tramping than us and really got to see some fantastic places. Can't believe it has been so long since we were there. Thanks for sharing your travels. I hope we can get together to hear more of the good details. Cheers! Annie & Jerry

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