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mountains, camping, playgrounds

March 16, 2014

We stayed in Christchurch for our first three days. We slept a lot, went to playgrounds, and ate a lot of non-tropical fruit. On Sunday, we visited a church and ended up hanging out with a few young couples from there all day. People from that church lent us warm clothes, camping gear, and even a van!

On Monday, we met up with friends who work in the Solomon Islands and who are also vacationing in NZ. We traveled everywhere with them this week.  On most days we drove a few hours, stopped in small towns for coffee and cookies and playgrounds, took lots of pictures, went on scenic walks, and generally slept in cabins or hotels near mountains.

Our friends’ blue VW van is very easy to spot in a sea of white campers on the roads here. They’re heading back to the Solomon Islands in a few days, so today was our last day vacationing with them.

Last night and tonight we’re staying in a small town along the coast. Tomorrow we’ll drive back to Christchurch for medical appointments.

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6 Comments leave one →
  1. Erin permalink
    March 16, 2014 1:28 pm

    Awesome pictures! Praying this trip brings rest and refreshment to your souls!

  2. Steve Hornbrook permalink
    March 16, 2014 9:43 pm

    Thanks for posting! I also enjoyed the pics. Looks like you are getting along well with the camera.

  3. Willis & June Van Haaften permalink
    March 17, 2014 8:41 am

    Lori, we are Willis & June Van Haaften. We served with you at TC Cursillo. We enjoyed lunch with your parents a week and heard about their wonderful visit with your family.
    We want to add you, John, Daniel and Micah to our prayer list. Good pictures! We pray this RR may refresh and revitalize you.

  4. March 18, 2014 12:13 am

    Looks like you guys are having a great time. I’m impressed you’re camping while on vacation! 🙂 Wow, the mountains, glaciers, etc., look so cool! Glad you guys met up with J, L & T and so funny to see everyone in long pants, coats, and hats! 🙂

  5. Tammy Hodel permalink
    March 20, 2014 2:29 pm

    Gorgeous vacation! Love all the pics!!

  6. elise permalink
    April 19, 2014 6:50 pm

    Amazing photos! Been praying for you!

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