HAPPY NEW YEAR! We arrived in Middle Earth Wednesday morning ripe and gritty from our day of travel. LAX to Auckland is 13 hours direct; however, from Honolulu it’s only 9 (which I highly recommend since it gives you time to pick up a few chocolate covered macadamia nuts and a hulu skirt). New Zealand Air, the official Lord of the Rings/Hobbit airline, as seen by the incredible safety video, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qOw44VFNk8Y, left me expecting to be greeted by Frodo when we got off the plane (spoiler alert, this does not actually happen)!
It’s Summer here, kids are out of school till February, the flowers are in full bloom and the sun doesn’t set till about 8:45PM. We’ve survived our first car ride. Every time we want to turn right or left we seem to keep hitting the windshield wipers (instead of the turn signal) which isn’t very indicative to the vehicles behind us but I will be the first to admit that we do have a very clean windshield … yes, we did opt for the full insurance coverage. We did a little high five driving the 13 kms (8 miles) from the car rental place to our destination and have wisely decided at night to take other forms of transportation since daytime driving is stressful enough.
This evening we joined the crazy Kiwis to celebrate New Years … and toasted our arrival, start of our amazing journey, and sabbatical off of work. We wish you and your families a wonderful and safe New Year’s Eve and Cheers to a great 2015 full of new adventures! If you want to meet up along the way let us know.21