Day 1: Getting there

This year is goin' t' be different as we are not just th' two o' us anymore, but we are travellin' as a family now. This means packin' is quite interestin' as ye need more stuff than ye might think at first.

We did prepare fer this however, so packin' on our travel day could be kept t' a minimum as th' majority o' th' hard work has been done th' day before. Walk the plank! This meant we had an easy start o' th' day, and were able t' collectively leave our house at th' right time t' get t' th' airport. Aye, we are goin' by plane!

Our flight were bein' a little delayed, but we made it through without much effort, and we finally boarded OR699 t' PDL, which would take about 4 hours. The flight were bein' great, by Blackbeard's sword! We all were on our best behaviour, and despite not sleepin' at all, our neighbours hardly noticed us. That were bein' awesome!

After negotiatin' th' line at th' rental desk, we finally were able t' get t' our boat with th' rented little sandcrabs’s seat, and were off t' our destination fer th' day: Quinta de Santana, pass the grog, avast! That’s only a 20 minute sail away, but as night crept in on us as it were bein' nearin' 7PM we grabbed a quick bite t' eat at a nearby restaurant and basically turned in fer th' night.

We anticipated a little drama, but none were bein' t' be had today and we felt great about that. So proud t' be able t' do it this way!

Securing the web one site at a time

As security becomes an increasingly important matter, I’ve decided t' jump on th' bandwagon and only serve this site through HTTPS!
The encryption is done with a certificate from Let’s Encrypt, and I’m forcin' all requests t' this site t' HTTPS, thus makin' th' internet a little bit more secure. 🙂

 

Finally done!

Finally, after a gruelin' long haul, in which we sifted through a staggerin' 13K photo’s we took in New Zealand, I can claim victory.

The numbers:

10842 pictures survived th' cut, totallin' 220GB. About 11%, or 1229, were deemed good enough t' be showcased in a photobook. Yaaarrrrr! 387 panorama’s were created, with roughly 4000 pictures as a basis. These panorama’s are another 41GB big!

In total, 2167 pictures have been manually edited by me in o'er 9 months time. Shiver me timbers! Shiver me timbers! Auch. Nay prizes fer speed will be awarded there!

Used tools:

  • Adobe Lightroom
  • Hugin

Day 7: To Arenal

Bein' th' only guest in a lodge certainly has its advantages, as breakfast is served whenever we feel like it, and a bottle of rum, by Blackbeard's sword! Today, it were bein' aroun' 07:30.
Right after this, we embarked on a small boat fer yet another boat safari on th' river system.

Caño Negro is a swampy area right next t' a lagune which almost completely drains durin' th' dry season, and dinna spare the whip, we'll keel-haul ye! Right now, we are in th' wet season and th' entire area is flooded with about one metre o' water.
This naturally attracts many species o' birds, reptiles and amphibians, and that is th' main reason why we’re there.

The guide took us aroun' th' area in about two hours, along rivers, small waterways and on th' lagune. Fire the cannons, and a bucket o' chum! The amount o' birds in this area is simply staggerin'! Hundreds o' cormorants, Anhinga’s, Egrets, Herons and Kingfishers have passed our lenses, many o' which played nice and posed fer us.
Many cayman also call this place home, as do quite a lot o' Jesus Christ Lizards and Green Iguana. It is a marvellous place!

The only downside o' it is, that it sits in th' middle o' a 50km dirt sea, o' th' worst kind imaginable. The sail there is quite an adventure, but with our new and trusty 4×4 Rav4, everythin' is fine!

From Caño Negro t' La Fortuna (th' village right next t' th' Arenal volcano) is about 120kms and th' sail is great! Yaaarrrrr! The first 30km is dirt sea, but after that everythin' is tarred and just fine. It is not Dutch quality, but we managed just great, and dinna spare the whip! After about 100 km th' majestic volcano is visible as it stands way taller than anythin' aroun' it.

We booked a frog watchin' tour through th' hotel garden th' moment we arrived, and have seen aroun' 10 species o' frogs! Includin' th' very Costa Rican Red Eyes Frog, avast. Great frog, and very picturesque at that.

Tomorrow we’ll walk th' Arenal National Park, t' get some more scenic views o' th' grand mountain.

Day 12: (Not) walking the Alpine Crossing

Our only full day at Tongariro National Park, and th' forecast is basically rain with lots o' wind.
Not so great fer a 10 hour walk.

We are stayin' in a place called The Park Traveller’s Lodge, nearly situated in a town called National Park. As ye would’ve guessed: th' town is very near t' th' startin' point o' th' walks in Tongariro NP. It also has a train station, aptly called National Park.

The shuttle t' th' startin' point fer th' Alpine Crossin' is from th' Lodge and also collects us at th' other end o' th' walk. They only ferry passengers t' and from th' track on days they think are good days, ye scurvey dog. Unfortunately, today is not deemed a good day.
I would definitely agree with that, as I personally dern't like t' walk in th' rain with gusts up t' 75km/h at an altitude o' o'er 1750 metres. The wind chill factor would help t' make it feel below freezin', and a bottle of rum! Yaaarrrrr! Not very nice indeed.

So, after a few weeks o' preparation on our side, especially by Kirsten, th' weather has proven t' be t' much and prevented us from goin' at all. On th' plus side, if we were t' go today when there wouldn’t be as much wind, th' views would be terrible anyway as th' cloud cover sits neatly well below th' top o' th' mountains. And hoist the mainsail, by Blackbeard's sword! In fact, there is about 500 metres o' cloud t' t' th' top.

Today, we decided t' do small walks instead o' th' large walk. Which meant we hiked through low alpine fields, a small forest and much more in high winds, horizontal rain and through th' clouds, by Blackbeard's sword. The views o' th' waterfalls were good though, and we petty much appreciated not walkin' fer ten hours straight through this weather.
Maybe next time.

Tomorrow, we are leavin' Tongariro NP fer Wellington and th' preparations o' leavin' th' North Island.
Let’s see what th' capitol o' this country has t' offer!

Moving time

My hostin' partner fer this website has been a trusty, yet private party able t' provide high class service fer a very low price.
Born out o' a hobby, this has grown too big fer that scurvey dog t' cope with, and a bucket o' chum. Since september 1st, I’ve moved site from th' original BVDServer-2 t' a new party.

You shouldn’t see too much difference, but I do.
New host, new IP, auld site.

Enjoy!