Some of you have been able to follow along as the Blogger Babes have shared happy stories from New Zealand and Australia.
Photo Credit: Alys’ camera on timer 🙂
Pauline (and her oh so much fun daughters Danella and Joanna, and Joanna’s partner Steve), Alys (and her husband Mike), Boomdee, and I had the most amazing time! Its hard to believe that after all the anticipation and planning, we are back home and blogging about it. I urge you to visit the blogs of these remarkable women and read their posts about the Blogger Babes Trip of a Lifetime. In case you are checking in for the first time, we:
- Toured Pauline’s World
- Enjoyed the beauty of the beach
- Rode in a 5 Person Trike
- Toured the University of Otago
- Drove to Wanaka
- Checked out Lake Wanaka
- Hiked Mt Iron
- Took a day trip to Queenstown
- Kayaked on Lake Wanaka
- Tasted New Zealand Wine
- Saw the world famous Wanaka Tree
- Visited historic Arrowtown
All too soon our holiday came to an end, and some of our group journeyed back home. As for me, and for Alys and Mike, further adventures awaited. While Alys and Mike toured more of New Zealand, I prepared to fly off to Australia to begin my solo adventure. Before that though, I enjoyed hiking and jetboating in Queenstown.
Once in Australia, I spent two days touring Melbourne and one fabulous day in Sydney.
The trip was incredible and after a couple years of anticipation and planning, it is hard to believe that the trip is over, and that we are all back home. Of course, being back home means that the world intrudes and the fullness of life gets in the way of blogging, and visiting blogger friends. So while I have so much more to share from the trip, I’m going to take a short break from writing new posts to visit all of you.
I’ll be back soon to share stories and images from The Great Ocean Road and Grampians National Park.
what a beautiful journey
Maureen, it really was. I cannot believe that i’ve already been home almost 4 weeks.
Thankfully, the memories will last forever!
I think it was incredibly brave of you to hurl yourself over the ditch and do the Oz trip alone. While I was back home watching Siddy sleep you were walking the streets of Melbourne and Sydney and continuing the adventure. And of course, not content with arriving home in one piece, you were straight back out there…….. You are so like the Energiser Bunny on steroids! 🙂 Big hugs, hope everyone is well and thriving and the award is framed and on the wall xoxo
LOL I found Laurie to be like the Energizer Bunny while she was in New York Pauline 😀 She has an amazing amount of energy. I can’t keep up with her.
Hello my friends!
I have to say it, but this Energizer Bunny has a hard time keeping up with blog posts! I finally posted about the train trip back to Melbourne: next up The Great Ocean Road.
Pauline, thanks for your comment about being brave. That means a lot to me XOXO
The award is on my office, but not yet on the wall.
Your painting is waiting to be framed, and I can’t wait to have it where everyone can see it.
Between you and Joe, my office walls already look amazing!
We all watched with joy
That comment makes me smile, Derrick.
I keep telling everyone that while I am back from the “trip of a lifetime”, i want to take another “trip of a lifetime”
Hope you’ve managed to get some rest, and yes, we need to get together soon.
Karen! I’m just now responding to comments, but also finally posted about one more day in Australia. I’m catching up!!
Can’t wait to hear / read about the hike on Saturday (once your domain is up)
Loved following along on your incredible adventure & look forward to reading much more about it!
Hi Lynn. I’m slowly but surely catching up! It’s hard to believe that I’ve already been home almost 4 weeks! I’m ready to go on another trip.
Isn’t it funny how once you are home, it feels like you were never away!
Those Lake Wanaka photos are wonderful, especially the trees set in washes of pastel!
Thank you, Janet! I feel so fortunate to have been able to visit.
I’m looking forward to more!!! Welcome back!
Lisa, I just popped over to your blog and commented about the incredible amount of work you’ve done. I’ve just posted for the first time in almost 2 weeks, and even though I’m behind, it’s a wonderful way to relive the trip!
Yes, I think something like that needs a little processing in the blog!
One of my favorite trips ever Laurie – some amazing country over there. Great Ocean Road was one of my favorite places ever! And they DO have some remarkable wine, don’t they?! 🙂
Hi Tina, and yes, the Great Ocean Road was incredible. I really wanted to rent a motorcycle but had a blast driving a car instead. I’m glad that I gave myself 2 days to explore. Amazing!
What an incredible adventure. I’m jealous.
What a gift it was! two weeks with dear friends and one week on my own.
And after all that, I only scratched the surface. Amazing!
Your photography is just amazing. It’s always such a joy and inspiration to come here and see what you’ve captured with your lens next. I’ve loved journeying along with you on your trip Down Under. I spent some time down there too, mostly along the southern border of Australia. The photos I took pale in comparison to yours. You are so talented.
Deborah, while I’m almost 2 weeks late in responding, your comment warmed my heart. Thank you so much. Coming from a multi- talented woman as yourself, I’m grateful
Looks like you had a great trip.
Two weeks with blogger friends in NZ, and one week on my own in Australia. Incredible!
Happy, happy me (and how is it that I’ve already been home for almost 4 weeks … sigh)
Lake Wanaka is gorgeous, Laurie. Absolutely gorgeous! You have memories (and photos) of a very special trip that will be with you always.
Yes, and even though I’m behind with writing about the last week of the trip, when I do get to write a bit more, I’m able to relive those incredible days and weeks.
Amazing landscapes and photos 🙂
Thank you, Joshi! It’s hard to take a bad photo over there
What a wonderful trip! New Zealand and Australia look awesome.
Just amazing, Sheryl. One of the best parts was just being able to have a real vacation … not just one week but to really be away from work, to explore, to learn, to breathe.
Americans have no idea how much better the rest of the world has it in terms of time off (or minimum wage, healthcare, maternity leave).
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