Friday Night (Southern) Lights.

When my two youngest boys, Ryan and Matt, signed up for ‘summer sports’ teams at Bayfield High School at the beginning of the academic year in January, I was proud of their choices.  Matt, who is a year nine (or freshman) in the high school signed up for softball (they don’t have hardball baseball here)Continue reading “Friday Night (Southern) Lights.”

It’s a holiday, you know.

Today, January 2, is a public holiday.  Banks are closed, no city services…nada.  Most importantly, because I worked New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day, I got the day off today.  Not familiar with any particular event which occurred on the 2nd of January, I asked why it was a holiday.  “Because….it’s the day AFTERContinue reading “It’s a holiday, you know.”

A Presidential Weekend

About 120 km southwest of Dunedin is the town of Clinton, Nz.  If you continue on Highway 1, as I did, 44 km later you enter the town of Gore.  That 44km stretch of Highway is named…..wait for it….the Presidential Highway.  Who said they don’t like Americans here? What was I doing in Gore, youContinue reading “A Presidential Weekend”

Feeling like a King in Queenstown

Queenstown sits on the shore of the enormous serpentine Lake Wakatipu.  It is a town out of a storybook, with steep streets which ascend up the mountainside, and it looks out over the southern part of the lake to a vista of the snow capped mountain range, The Remarkables. The lake features prominently in allContinue reading “Feeling like a King in Queenstown”

Casting for Pinots

I didn’t have work last weekend, so I had this great idea.  Why not combine two of my favorite things, flyfishing and wine tasting, in one road trip?  It sounded like a plan that couldn’t fail.  Hit a couple of wineries, many of which lie perilously close to fishable bodies of water, fish for awhile,Continue reading “Casting for Pinots”

Everybody’s workin for the (Labor Day) weekend.

You get points if you know the name of the band who sang this title song (which doesn’t really have Labor Day in it, but since it’s Labor Day weekend here in Nz, what the heck). I got two of the three days off for Labor Day Weekend, and that meant road trip! Determined toContinue reading “Everybody’s workin for the (Labor Day) weekend.”

Wandering around Wanaka.

Fishing, when it’s done right, brings you close to nature.  Fishing is certainly a different experience for different people, you don’t have to look far to find a fly fisherman (for semantics, fisherman refers to the male and female version of the two-legged, pole wielding human) who will scoff at a bait fisherman.  But it’sContinue reading “Wandering around Wanaka.”

If you teach a man to fish….

There is an old saying.  If you give a man a fish, he eats for a day.  If you teach a man to fish, he’s gone for the weekend. I was gone for the weekend. For those of you who don’t fish much, this is a brown trout.  It weighed in at about 5 1/2Continue reading “If you teach a man to fish….”