Fire Burn and Cauldron Bubble

“Have we been transported to Jurassic Park?”  Barb wondered aloud, looking over.  Jack merely smiled and belted out the song chorus  by R.E.M.,  “It’s the end of the world as we know it”!
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We were in central North Island, at the town of Rotorua, one of the most amazing geothermal areas in the world!  Accompanied with lush forests, steam vents, bubbling mud pits, and mineral rich pools, we were almost expecting a T. Rex encounter!
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Glow Worm Galaxy

In the tourist brochures, one thing New Zealand is known for are its glow worms.  They are not really worms at all but the larvae (maggots) of a tiny fly called the fungus gnat, Arachnocampa luminosa.  As the name “arachno” suggests, these larvae spin webs and lure in tiny insects by attracting them with their bioluminescent bodies.  It is quite a sight! But only at night.
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Two Wheeling on Ninety Mile Beach

In case you haven’t noticed, we are traveling throughout NZ in a car, not a camper van.  It’s a Nissan Wingroad mini station wagon and, in a pinch, we could sleep in the back, with the seats collapsed but so far haven’t had to do so.

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Many have told us not to drive it on the beach.  “You need four wheel drive”, they would tell us.  And, well, there’s was “the clause” in the rental agreement.

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