Return to New Zealand — A Photo Journey
These photos are special to me because they represent the completion of a great circle in my life. Once upon a time I was a backpacking adventuress, with lofty dreams of placing both feet on all seven continents. Well, I’ve done that, but not in the way I had intended.
In Auckland, New Zealand in 1994, I found myself facing an unexpected fork in the road: I could either catch a bus to the South Island as I had planned — to be followed by job-hunting in South Africa — or I could accept an offer to replace an absentee crew member on a 31-foot sailboat that was on its way to Fiji — with unemployment to follow. I cashed in my Cape Town ticket and jumped aboard the yacht. Much to my surprise, I ended up marrying my Captain and we enjoyed seven adventurous years of sailing the high seas before settling on a tropical island in the Philippines.
As all of you know, not every romance has a happy ending. Mine ended rather badly. But throughout the good times and the bad, I never entirely forgot that I had missed out on New Zealand’s South Island. So this past April, twenty years later, I returned alone — back to the beginning. Full circle.
I hope you enjoy the photos…