New Zealand North Island: Don’t Sell It Short

"Get amongst it!" - Audrey grabs a bit of junglelicious New Zealand rainforest

This is a story about living in someone else's shadow. It's also the beginning of our answer to the question: New Zealand, North Island or South Island?Imagine a geeky younger boy who grows up in the shadow of his brother, the all-star. The big brother gets all the attention, all the fame. But it's the younger brother with whom you develop a special relationship, … [Read more...]

Hiking Franz Josef Glacier in New Zealand [360-Degree Panorama]

Franz Josef glacier

One minute, you're in the center of the town of Franz Josef, a cafe on one side of you, a pizzeria on the other. Then, within minutes, you are transported to another world. Your helicopter pops up into the air, through jagged mountain crags, just before dropping you into the heart of a glacier, an otherworldly ice field of turquoise blues and glowing whites.This … [Read more...]

A Tandem Bungy Jump on Valentine’s Day [VIDEO]

Tandem Bungy Jump on Valentine's Day - Kawarau Bridge near Queenstown, New Zealand

I am starting to wonder about you guys. every time you celebrate your 'love' (V-day, anniversary) you jump off something very high. Please explain. -- A good friend responds to our Valentine’s Day bungy jump, capturing a little problem we seem to have.So there we were in New Zealand, Valentine’s Day approaching. We find ourselves in Queenstown, the so-called … [Read more...]

Base Flying Berlin: An 11th Wedding Anniversary Jump (Video)

Berlin Base Flying

What is marriage, if not a leap of faith?Fourteen years ago, on or around our second date, Audrey and I went skydiving together. It was, as you might imagine, both terrifying and fantastic. And as much as you also might also imagine that it wiped away my fear of heights, it did not. Perhaps it chiseled away at that wall, but it certainly didn’t tear it down. I … [Read more...]

How Kazakhstan Nearly Killed Us

Barely recovering from self-inflicted death march from Kazakh mountains. Copter airlift looked likely. Rappelling down waterfall = escape. -- Our Twitter update from Almaty, Kazakhstan on 3 September 2007My, how things can go wrong. … [Read more...]