February 12, 2017

Hello, FUNemployment! Last day of work done. It looks like I’ll be heading out on next Tuesday the 21st.. so in about 8 days. The reality is settling in.  We are planning a camping trip next weekend (17-20th) to the Catlins National Park too if anyone is keen.. Let’s make the most outta this next week Queenstown! 


2 National Parks in Two Weeks!

February 8, 2017

Two National Parks in Two Weeks with my favorite person to adventure with.. First Fiordland National Park at the Milford Sound followed by Mount Aspiring National Park. New Zealand is truly an incredible place – It has been so nice getting out these past two weeks and making the most of my time left. I will always hold this country close in my heart.

Fiordland National Park


Mount Aspiring National Park

Waterfalls of Fiordland

February 1, 2017

Went to Fiordland National Park a couple days ago.. a place which houses the Milford Sound and is known for producing over 8 meters of rain a year (Basically, it rains a lot). The first day I got to experience this rain and it was incredible.. The reason being is that when it rains it produces hundreds and hundreds of temporary waterfalls! It was raining harder than I have seen in a while and the noise of all the falling water was intense. Luckily, the next day was sunny but check out this 360 view here as you start to decent into Fiordland. This national park is one of my top 3 places here in NZ. It’s absolutely beautiful and I’ll post some photos of the Milford Sound itself shortly. At the very end of the video it shows the road and there is a car driving along so you can put everything to scale. These rock faces are so tall! It’s Lord of the Rings meets Jurassic Park!

Waterfalls of Fiordland National Park!

Big Changes Ahead..

January 29, 2017

Bittersweet day today in Queenstown.. I just put in my 2 weeks notice making my last day of work on Feb 13th (conveniently the day before my birthday) . About a week after that, I will be leaving the Queenstown bubble and everyone that has made my life so special these past 2 years. This is the most difficult part about this whole process.  I have been so lucky to build so many solid relationships since I have arrived. It’s a hard thing to walk away from. So ya, in about 3 weeks I will make my way north up New Zealand for one final road trip. One last “hoorah” if you will. Then.. it’s back to the States! Yep, it’s back home after 4 years of living abroad. I have some plans for later this year but I can say for sure I will be spending summer back at home with you all.  Sooo, my Queenstown family, let’s make the next three weeks as epic as ever. I am off Tues/Wed and free everyday after 1pm. My friends elsewhere in New Zealand.. I’m coming to visit you next month! And finally, my family and friends back at home, it’s long overdue. This trip home in November wasn’t enough and I’m coming to spend some quality time with you all. I don’t have my flight just yet to but it’s gonna be sometime in April/May. I am gonna go back and forth between Texas and Colorado (there’s a certain special couples wedding in CO that I wouldn’t miss for the world ). Anyways, I can’t pinpoint what I am feeling but I know it’s a mixture of happy, sad, scared and excited; I feel more alive than I have in a while. Wish me luck as I make this transition but I know it’s for the best. Good times are around the bend.  (You hear that momma.. YOUR BOY IS COMING HOME! )

Love you all and always grateful for everyone in my life.