I would walk 500 miles, and I would walk 500 more…South Island here we come!

Totara North, Northland, New Zealand…such beauty!

We have begun our journey to the South Island after 2 months in the North Island. We have reliable wheels, our car is packed with camping/hiking/swimming gear. We are set! All we need now is the weather in the South Island to settle down and treat us to the glorious weather we have had here in the North.

Didn’t catch any fish, but sure caught an amazing sunset, Kerikeri, New Zealand

We had a great adventure up at the top of the North Island, taking Jamey and Becca on their first overnight backpacking trip. We hiked along 90 mile beach, crossed headlands as they came our way and made it to Cape Reinga, the top of the country. The kids managed really well (with the occasional jelly bean for motivation!), we had wonderful weather, a breath taking sunset and all of us felt so accomplished after finishing our 17 mile (25 km) hike. It was so successful Ev and I are hoping to get another backpacking trip in while we head down to the South Island. A friend challenged a group of us to try to walk/run/hike 100 miles in the month of January. This hike brought me closer to that goal. I ended the month with 77 miles in and am now working on 1000 miles for 2017.

School work continues despite our kids complaints and we have been getting into a good rhythm doing school work right after breakfast. This is the part of the trip that to be honest, isn’t my favorite but very important so we buckle down and get it done, despite the complaints. We keep reminding them that if we were home this year, they’d be in school for 6 hours a day…not the 45 minutes we have them doing! Their comeback to this is, “but we would have our friends with us, and the way they teach us math at school it is more fun!!” So my teacher friends, what can I do to make math more fun…I’m open to suggestions!

The past few months have provided many social studies teaching opportunities however. Although we are thousands of miles away from the US, the news makes it seem like we are so much closer. The kids and I have had many discussions about some of the early decisions that Donald Trump has made early into his Presidency, and I am grateful that we have this time away from the US right now. I am more committed than ever to raise our kids to be humanitarians, open minded, grateful and to be not afraid. One of the hugest lessons from this trip is that no matter which country you are from, most of us human beings just want to be loved, cared about and respected. Sure there is evil in this world, but I align with the notion that “Love trumps Hate” and it is so important to me that my kids understand this. We have been given a gift of global perspective this year and for that I am very thankful.

So off we go. South Island New Zealand for 6 weeks. I love this part of the country so much. It reminds me of British Columbia, but instead of deer and bears, its land is full of sheep. We have been in a few cow crossing traffic jams, but I know that sheep traffic jams will be just around the corner.

Nature…my happy place! 90 Mile Beach, New Zealand

Sending you my love, thank you for reading and thank you for your comments. They fill us up!

Nicola xo

 

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Nicola

I am excited to be heading out to see the world with my husband Evan and our two, soon to be adventuring kids, Jamey and Becca.

12 thoughts on “I would walk 500 miles, and I would walk 500 more…South Island here we come!”

  1. Beautiful photos – such a wonderful part of the world. Even if we weren’t up to our eyeballs in snow here, I would still say that! I wish we had done a backpacking trip while we were on the South Island so I hope you all are able to make it happen 🙂 Though if you don’t, you can be like us and just stash that away as one reason why you have to go back. Love and hugs <3

  2. Wonderful update Nic, thanks for keeping us in the loop! The South Island is going to be so lucky to have you guys, enjoy her many splendours! I still can’t believe how incredible this experience is for you and Ev, and especially Jamey & Becc. Stay strong, and keep on rockin’ in this free world! xo Pete

    1. thanks Petey, I was thinking about you all day yesterday and so thankful for your goood health. I miss you my brother, so much. Keep well, I hope this winter is giving you a wee break from work. I love you xo

  3. Thank you so much for your postings, our family is really enjoying following along with your adventure. Garrett is curious to see pictures of the sheep traffic. Walk on!

    1. So nice to hear from you Sarah. I will be sure to try to get a pic of a sheep traffic jam…they are so funny! Please say hello to Maddie, Quinton and Garrett for me. I hope you guys are keeping well. xo

  4. Just lovely!! Indeed you have picked the best year ever to go on your journey! Thank you for the updates. As far as teaching, they’re learning all along the way even without the 45 minute designated sessions. They will be just fine. Play Buzz, Bang, Boom!

    1. Buzz, Bang, Boom, I will have to check that out. Thanks Charlene for making me feel better about the schooling part of this journey. We miss you and think about you so much! xo

  5. Miss you guys a bunch and I am so envious of the glorious weather. This has been a very rough year as I am sure you have heard (or tracked). It was a good year for you to travel! Keep the stories coming…I love the pics and you all look so healthy and happy!

  6. Nicola and Evan!

    Love the 1,000 mile goal for 2017!

    Math suggestions? Let it go. 🙂 They will quickly fill in the gaps when they return to “school with friends.” Also, if you haven’t already, put them in charge of some money and other number related parts of the trip. And have them manage the accounts of some of Evan’s clients. They’ll get real life feedback quickly. 🙂

    I love this part of your blog. All so true!

    “I am more committed than ever to raise our kids to be humanitarians, open minded, grateful and to be not afraid. One of the hugest lessons from this trip is that no matter which country you are from, most of us human beings just want to be loved, cared about and respected.”

    Great to talk with you last night. Oh, what you given your family already, and how many adventures are ahead!

    Love,

    David

    1. thank you David for your feedback. Coming from a teacher, I really appreciate your advice. Loved chatting with you as well. Travel on my friend, and keep enjoying the journey. xo

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