Not my photo but one I found on the web to inspire us before we board the big iron bird and head South.
With Mom and the America's Cup boats from years past
Our joyous arrival was short-lived. A few hours after this picture was taken, Nolan was down for the count with a nasty stomach virus that took him out of commission for the about 36 hours.
Auckland Sky Tower
Within hours of landing we hit the sky again. Nolan and Layne were more caution but Reese walked right on top of the glass plate. Note the city streets under his ratty shoes
Moments after arriving in Auckland (so a little road-weary) with a tree-climbing Reese. The trees around here are great for climbing.
More tree climbing
This tree was split down the middle by lightening and was great for climbing. Nolan is back in action but, I swear, about 10 lbs lighter after his stomach bug.
Three little Rigneys sitting in a tree
This is Reese trying to learn how to "bowl" in cricket. A ball would have helped. So would a team. But he was undeterred.
Playing in the park
So that history is accurately recorded: Both boys whining about going back to the house to get the rugby ball. Reese proclaimed "I like to study the sports wherever I am... and then spend my time playing that sport"
Nolan is "all hair" at this point.
Suspect a kiwi haircut is in the future for him soon
Ready for the beach
Stomach bug seems to be completely banished so we are heading to a nearby beach...
We've made a successful (and almost instant) transition between Colorado's deep freeze and the balmy beach weather just West of Auckland.
Our destination for the day
O'Neil's Beach, about an hour's drive from Auckland
Boys enjoying the water in this beautiful cove.
Don't be mistaken...
He's happy to be building drizzle castles... but he's highly irritated that Dad keeps trying to take his picture.
Drizzle Castle Know-It-All
...who eventually had to turn to the master for advice (Mom)
Play on the edge of the earth
Trying to be like Allister
Nolan trying to be just like Allister and climb this crazy rock. Allister eventually pulled him up but Nolan was too afraid to stand up.
Chatting with Mom
playing with the local flora and trying to figure out how to tickle her with it.
The sand was hotter than it looked and the screams are only 50% in fun
Nolan takes a turn....
Nuclear hot sand
Now that's living...
Not easily visible (if it is at all), but there's a private residence on this rock with a private entrance. Would be tough to leave in the morning for work. Especially during high tide
Nolan proudly strolling back to the car after an afternoon shaking out the sickness in his belly (it returned a few hours later but that's another story and, no, I don't have any "chundering" pictures)
Moments after this pic was taken, we heard screams coming out of the cave just across the tidal river. Reese just about jumped out of his skin (it was just teenagers horsing around)
Arrived in Christchurch and have taken possession of our campervan. As Reese claimed when the engine started today "She's a worker"
Claiming Their Perch
The boys immediately jumped up top to claim their berth (as if adults would fight them for the claim). And, yes, the damn steering wheel is on the wrong side of the vehicle.
Crazy rock formations
Our first stop, and a quick stop, on our way over to the West Coast.
Rock thowing contest
If you look carefully you'll see that Nolan has taken to the tactic of throwing all the rocks he can hold in an attempt at winning. He didn't.
Taking a walk through Arthur's Pass National Park on our first day on the South Island
I love my Mom
After our first night we decided to take a little hike to a waterfall on the grounds of the camp site. Neither child wanted to go; both loved it.
Scrambling up the slippery slope
I don't know what Nolan is trying to express in this photo. I think maybe its something along the lines of "stop taking pictures"
We arrived at our destination. No Nolan in this picture as he ran out of "picture patience"