A 696-day adventure by Dobbs Away II
  • Day696


    April 2, 2019 in New Zealand ⋅ ⛅ 14 °C

    We’ve been settling in to our new lives in New Zealand and reconnecting with family and friends. We’ve both started work again and are slowly getting back into a routine.

    After reflecting on our incredible time away, here are some of our most memorable experiences:

    Too many to choose from! From the tiny pygmy chameleons in Madagascar to the huge humpback whales in Antarctica - we loved it all!
    But, some standout memories for us are:
    - Whales feeding in Antarctica using the bubble net technique where they trap fish in a ring of bubbles and then swim through the center with mouths open to feed
    - The gorillas in both Rwanda and Uganda. AMAZING!
    - Seeing African painted dogs 5 different times – especially the time they killed an impala in our campsite
    - The ridiculously cute lemurs in Madagascar
    - The cheetah brothers hunting wildebeest in Masai Mara

    - Antarctica’s icebergs, glaciers and surreal landscapes
    - Moai statues on Rapa Nui (Easter Island)
    - Forests in Bandhavgarh National Park in India – the place that inspired Kipling’s Jungle Book
    - The beauty of Patagonia – especially Torres del Paine
    - Machu Pichu in the fog
    - Madagascar’s Tsingy (the sharp rock formations) and amazing baobab trees

    - The luxurious ship we took to Antarctica that always had amazing views out the windows
    - Mara Triangle Campsite on a hill overlooking the iconic Mara river in Kenya which we had all to ourselves (except all of the wildlife wandering through)
    - Camping on the Nile River in Jinja, Uganda with an amazing waterfall and river view
    - Sunflower House in Catalonia, Spain because it had amazing views that we shared with our dear friend Cindy
    - Our hotel in Chile with stunning views of Torres del Paine

    - The creepy “policeman” in rural Zambia that wanted us to give him a ride
    - Capsizing our canoe in the rapids of Guyana – 11 hours from a hospital
    - The huge scorpions and spiders in the lake house in Guatemala
    - The occasional grumpy elephant in Botswana
    - The black plague outbreak in Madagscar

    - The genocide memorial church in Rwanda
    - Encountering gorillas in Uganda and Rwanda
    - Heartbreaking poverty in Madagascar
    - Experiencing the generosity of strangers everywhere
    - The gratitude we felt for being able to travel for two years to places like Antarctica

    - John getting sick in Rwanda and throwing up in someone’s front yard with a village as his audience
    - Difficulty starting fires in South Africa where not being able to start a fire is about the worst thing you could do
    - Running after wild dogs on foot in a campsite that regularly has lions, hyena and other critters passing through

    - The beauty of ice/snow in Antarctica
    - That Japan was cheaper than most of South America
    - Lack of tourists in Guyana
    - Deforestation in Malawi and Madagascar
    - Beauty of India’s jungle
    - How good the food was in Bolivia

    - Antarctica – it costs more than a car, but we would happily work an entire year just for 3 weeks in this magical place
    - Japan – a place we’ll always feel at home
    - Botswana – some of our best wildlife sightings have been here and it’s one of the most inspiring countries on a troubled continent
    - South Luangwa National Park in Zambia – some of the friendliest park rangers and best leopard and lion sightings imaginable
    - Mara Triangle in Kenya – iconic African wildlife in a small area
    - Cozumel – our favorite place to dive – especially with Casey & Marisa
    - Catalonia, Spain – because $5 cava, natural beauty and Barcelona beckon
    - Rajasthan, India – such a vibrant and colorful place rich in history and incredible architecture, food and art
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    Travel for One

    So happy to hear you are settled in NZ.

    Danella Rennie

    I did read this way earlier but didn't want to look like a stalker. I have really enjoyed following your adventures and I had your backs! Great to have you here in Wellington now to catch up a bit more often.

    The Little Tune Runs Away

    My dear old Welly! So glad you're settled in already. (Lea B. ex-Reading Partners.)

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  • Day681

    Bonny Doon

    March 18, 2019 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 16 °C

    We drove up Highway 1 through Big Sur hoping to enjoy spectacular coastal views, but the fog meant it was hard to see much of anything. Still beautiful.
    Our final weeks in the US were spent catching up with family and organizing ourselves for the big move to New Zealand. We’ll miss this side of the family SOOOO much! Love you guys.Read more

    Lucinda Ayers


  • Day668

    San Francisco

    March 5, 2019 in the United States ⋅ 🌧 11 °C

    It was wonderful to be back in the Bay Area and to catch up with family and friends. Thanks to everyone for such great hospitality and company!

    Lucinda Ayers


    Benni Stork


  • Day665

    Green River

    March 2, 2019 in the United States ⋅ ☁️ 0 °C

    A flight to Salt Lake City, then a 3 hour drive took us to Green River, Utah. We met Christy’s dad here and spent a few days visiting spectacular Moab, Canyonlands and Arches National Parks. Such a beautiful part of the world!Read more

    Lucinda Ayers

    Great T-shirt!

  • Day662

    Washington DC

    February 27, 2019 in the United States ⋅ ☁️ 2 °C

    A ride on Amtrak allowed us to admire the beautiful architecture at 30th Street Station in Philadelphia and Union Station in DC. We visited the National Museum of African American History & Culture, The National Museum of the American Indian, The Air & Space Museum, The Portrait Gallery and the American History Museum.Read more

    Rowena Singer

    Digging the Star Trek music where no one has gone before. 😉 I totally 😍what you were looking at combined with the 🎶.

  • Day658


    February 23, 2019 in the United States ⋅ ☀️ 4 °C

    A brief visit in Philadelphia allowed us to catch up with our dear friend, Cindy, and to enjoy her fabulous cocktail party. We also met our former neighbor, Alice, for lunch and played with her tiny dog, Little Chap.Read more

  • Day645

    Santa Oliva

    February 10, 2019 in Spain ⋅ ☀️ 17 °C

    Our last stop in Spain and the end of our explorations of new places was in the tiny village of Santa Oliva located in the heart of cava country and just an hour south of Barcelona.
    We stayed in a beautifully restored 17th century apartment and enjoyed a daytrip to Tarragona – a world heritage site known for its impressively preserved Roman ruins.
    Most of our time here was spent cooking in, trying new cavas and savoring
    the final week of our travels before we return to the US and begin a farewell tour across the country. It’s been a wonderful time in Spain and we will be back!
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    Rowena Singer

    Even the color of the sun that bathes the city is gorgeous. What a nice way to finish your travel explorations (for now).