Monthly Archives: November 2010

Thanksgiving in New Zealand

We made reservations for Thanksgiving dinner at a restaurant right near the marina. The restaurant is called Reva’s and is located at the Town Basin waterfront in Whangarei. We met Reva herself – and it turns out she is originally … Continue reading

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Albatross

The albatross is one of the most wonderful flying sights you can see while traveling the world under sail. For most of my life, I have read about them in many sailing books. They are much larger than the normal … Continue reading

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Trip to US Moved Up

Due to health issues with Karen’s parents, we’ve moved up our trip to the US. We’re leaving this weekend, and will most likely go ahead and stay through the holidays. The good news is that we will get opportunities to … Continue reading

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360 Panorama of Manihi Pass

One reason some of the older 360 panoramas taken during our expedition were not done sooner were anomalies that would appear in the stitching process. With the improvements in recent beta versions of PTGui, the processing is producing much better … Continue reading

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New 360 Panoramas from Vava’u Tonga

You may have noticed the lack of 360 panoramas for Vava’u. However, that doesn’t mean there weren’t some taken. During our kart tour of the main island, called Utu Vava’u, we took two panoramas. One on a scenic stop at … Continue reading

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Regatta Vava’u 2010 Race Photos

Since we’re in New Zealand, I’ve been gradually uploading more photos. The following album includes more photos from the two sailboat races during Regatta Vava’u 2010 (see Tahina Takes 1st Place, and Tahina Takes 2nd Place). Since we had crew … Continue reading

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GPS Tracks of our Vava’u Tonga Trips

Finally having some time to catch up on data processing. I’ve processed all our GPS tracks of trips we made during our month-long stay in the Vava’u islands of Tonga from mid-September through mid-October. To make them stand out, I … Continue reading

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More Fun at Opua

We spent another day at Opua with the cruiser rally activities. On Thursday we went on a bus tour which included several shopping and sightseeing stops. Along the way, we went to a chocolate factory, wood sculpture shop, the oldest … Continue reading

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Visiting Opua

Our friends Mark and Dana on s/v Northfork arrived a week before us and are currently in a marina in Opua. They already have a car and offered to drive down to Whangarei to pick us up and bring us … Continue reading

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Bloody Mary’s 360 Panorama

In honor of the news that Google has now incorporated 360 panoramas as part of the Photos layer in Google Earth, I’ve finally processed a long-overdue 360 photo. Back in August, Karen and I had left to do a bike … Continue reading

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