3 weeks in a camper van as a little family of 3.
  • Day23

    Flight to San Fran

    February 16, South Pacific Ocean ⋅ 🌧 29 °C

    Hard hard hard. Florence did sleep but Jason did not and even my sleep was broken up and uncomfortable.

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  • Day22

    Melbourne Airport

    February 15 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

    Saturday morning take #2! It is grey and rainy in Melbourne but the airport is hot and humid. We found a play area for Miss Florence and Jason went in search of coffee. We have a 3 hour layover here before we board our 14 hour flight to San Fran

  • Day22

    Flight to Melbourne

    February 15 in New Zealand ⋅ ⛅ 14 °C

    First flight of the day.
    Up at 3:10 a.m. on Feb 15. In the taxi by 3:40, airport by 3:59.
    It took us nearly an hour just to check in, Air New Zealand has automated the whole process to the point that it is nearly impossible to get help, and nearly everyone seems to need help for international flights.
    Once checked in, through customs and onto our airplane Florence fell asleep really quickly. I thought she would sleep through me going to the washroom but she did not.
    Overall she did really well and we all survived and no one on the plane hated us.
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  • Day20

    Christchurch Airbnb

    February 13 in New Zealand ⋅ ⛅ 15 °C

    This was the most wonderful find. A sweet, private sleep out with tons of space, tons of light and windows and a beautiful backyard and spa. John and Marianne were exceedingly kind and welcoming and let ourselves get reoriented and repacked and rid ourselves of tons of recycling. We ordered in food, and spent most of our time in Christchurch doing logistical things like mailing postcards, tuning up the van, repacking, purchasing mileage etc. Florence was exhausted and spent a lot of time lying down or watching Dora the Explorer. After she went to sleep Jason and I had the chance to hang out in the hot tub having our last NZ beers and chatting about the trip.Read more

  • Day20

    The Laboratory

    February 13 in New Zealand ⋅ ☀️ 21 °C

    Still unable to make the rest of the drive with a sick of travelling Florence and facing rush hour traffic into the city we stopped at this really neat brewery/restaurant. Food was good, Florence's chips and aioli were excellent actually, and beers were mostly wonderful. One used a super special hop from NZ (Nelson Sauvin) and I thought it was disgusting but Jason liked it.Read more

  • Day20

    Temuka Domain

    February 13 in New Zealand ⋅ ⛅ 20 °C

    We did not make it and Miss Florence needed a break from the car. We found this random green space and went for a long walk through a rose garden.

  • Day20

    Scott's Brewing

    February 13 in New Zealand ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

    Giant brewery with tons for kids to do and fantastic staff. We were lucky to get in before it got busy and had a snack with the intention of driving straight through to Christchurch once we were back in the car.