August 21st, 2011Zac’s new wheels

Toyota Celica, 2001.

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February 27th, 2011hidden waterfall

Here’s that waterfall we tramped to in the last post…

More from our December trip…

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At the start of December four of us went camping around the East Cape for 11 days.

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March 16th, 2010Collecting Honey

Here’s a copy of a post about our final honey trip.

You will note that the normally pitiful smoker was working in all it’s glory when Zac came with us.

On the way down to collect your honey we stopped at this lookout. In the background you can see the big active volcanoes in the center of the North Island. It’s the end of summer, so just about all the snow has melted.

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January 13th, 2010lord of the flame

Hey, lord of the flame, your hand’s on fire.

Had to happen.

November 22nd, 2009chrome

Although Zaccai likes the speed of Chrome, sometimes he wishes it had more features. Like a rotate button.

At least he doesn’t have a desktop.

Zac flicking matches for Joe to hit with his sword

April 14th, 2009kayak fishing

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Late this arvo, we headed out into the Pacific Ocean. I thought we’d been told where to go for Snapper, but we didn’t see any of those. Was lovely out there watching the sun set over the  land. The Kahawai was a great fight and pulled my kayak all over the place.

The surf was very small, but it’s still exciting paddling back through it in the dark. It’s difficult to tell how big the waves behind you are. I went at it and got a good ride in.

Zac was following me in, but he decided to do a much more difficult maneuver, with a level five difficulty rating. ;)

He rode a wave in, and eventually slid off the back. Next he turned sideways onto the waves (I yell straighten up from the beach –  I was worried he might lose his fish if he rolled) (he tells me afterwards, he was grabbing his fishing rod as it fell off). As the next wave gets to him, he turns right round, and reverses toward the beach. For the final flourish he once again turns and rides the surge of the wave up the beach sideways.

Very impressive technique, but I wouldn’t have tried it in the dark with a fish on board. :P

March 28th, 200929 snapper

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On Friday morning we caught 29 snapper. (Only 3 the day before.) After I caught my limit of 9, I passed my rod to Joe a couple of times when I hooked up. Our policy is to only keep them over 300mm long, so in the end there was $280 worth of fillets.

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March 23rd, 2009up and down

Crazy people I live with.

This is what Zac does at the beach.. .

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This is what Micky does.. .

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February 7th, 2009stream crossings

stream crossings

Yesterday we tramped the Rapurapu Stream Track on the Kaimais. Complete with 16 stream crossings.

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December 24th, 200850+1=

It was Dad’s birthday, but Zac said his final goodbyes to his pet sheep…

It’s called getting the last word in. “And that’s for getting out the 500th time…”

He struggled with it emotionally. (shake)

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December 15th, 2008ice cream

ice cream

Well the poster says it all, but here’s a blow by blow analysis… (with pics) (video hopefully coming soon)

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December 4th, 2008fishing myths

There are a lot of misconceptions about fishing. I’d like to clear a few of them up.

Fishing is horrible.

I’m sick and tired of hearing fishing talked about like it’s a holiday. It’s miserable.

In fact back in the middle ages, fishing was actually used as a punishment. (Mostly for taking husbands window shopping and keeping them waiting in the horse and carriage.)

Anyway, I thought I should show you some photos, so you understand what us three guys have to suffer through as we fulfill our fishing trip obligations this week

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December 2nd, 2008preparing for battle

preparing for battle

Fishing trip pending…



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