Sunday, February 24, 2008

Auckland botanic gardens

Roberta and I left one morning for an exploratory drive south of Auckland. We had a general goal to head out to a beach but nothing more than that. While heading south on the motorway we saw a sign for the Auckland Botanic Garden and decided to stop.

Auckland Botanic Garden

The buildings were very modern and it was a surprise that entry was free. The grounds are huge with many different areas of interest. You can tell that it is a heavily kid oriented area, it was all the screaming that gave it away.

My favorite area in gardens is always the succulent section. They seem like the type of plants most likely to have come directly from outer space.

Aloe Polyphylla

We would highly recommend going to the Auckland Botanic Gardens if you have a spare weekend day.

Saturday, February 23, 2008

We need a happy cat picture!

Lot's to say

Back in December that post about my first outlanding in Matamata was picked up by Soaring NZ via an e-mail list. It was pretty cool. On the opposite page there was an article about Richie McCaw (All-Blacks captin NZ rugby team that just lost to France). I was feeling pretty 'world-famous' in that not-so-famous NZ saying kind of way.

Unfortunately a month or so later, the same instructor that I was flying with had a fatal accident. I was pretty torn up about it but I'm OK. Here's a picture at the Lake Taupo relay I participated in. I think I'll stay on the ground for a while.