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Heading Out For the Queen Charlotte Track


Picton Marina in the Morning, originally uploaded by Mister Wind-Up Bird.

Hendrik and I headed out from the marina yesterday to spend the day hiking the Queen Charlotte Track. This is the marina that morning, where we set out the the trailhead by water taxi. Hard to believe the previous day there was a storm that stopped pretty much all sea and air traffic on the Cook Straight.

Though once we started slogging through the mud and broken trees, it became a bit easier to believe. Beautiful hike, though.

Cook Straight


Cook Straight, originally uploaded by Mister Wind-Up Bird.

We have migrated back to South Island, taking up accommodations in Picton, not too far from our previous base in Nelson.

Embassy Theater


Embassy Theater, originally uploaded by Mister Wind-Up Bird.

I’ll give this to Wellington: it has probably the best movie theater I’ve ever seen. The Embassy is a lovingly-restored 1924 movie palace of tiles and dark wood fixtures, with sweeping staircases, plush leather seats, a cafe, and cocktail lounge. You can buy movie tickets at the bar and take your drinks into the theater where they rest elegantly on the side-table arm rests. Civilized.

I would seriously consider moving to Wellington just to see all my movies here.

The similar, but smaller, Roxy is also fantastic. They do movies right in Wellington.

A Million Little Pacmans


A Million Little Pacmans, originally uploaded by Mister Wind-Up Bird.

Spotted at a low tide crossing on the beautiful Abel Tasman Coast Track.

Self-Portrait (with Sheep)


Self-Portrait (with Sheep), originally uploaded by Mister Wind-Up Bird.