New York trip, day 3

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Bus to the city.

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Empire State Building, 45 minutes and $35 to the top, skipped it.

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Peeps playin in the Washington Square park.

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Vestige from the days of old.

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Classy ring for a classy lady, met up with Greg my ol’ street photography pal. We parted in rough water and it’s amazing to see him thriving in his home city. Cheers friend, till we see each other again.

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Walking towards ground zero.

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Strange architecture was a new subway station. It’s apparently the most expensive of its kind ever built says my pal Greg.

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Heavy thoughts and reminiscence for a very scary day which I remember in photographic detail as a kid.

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Grand Central Station.

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Mario Brothers pizza?

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Some goodwill towards men on the way to the airport headed home the next day.

New York trip, day 1

Mitsy taking me on a tour through the city, good food, good vibes, cool things to do and see. A new experience for me, and checking off a city from the list of places I’ve always wanted to go. Started fresh with a visit to the American Museum of Natural History, scoped out some cool things including these sexy meteorites.

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Mitsy reflecting through a big crystal.

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Grubbin on some delicious street foods.

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Life’s a walk in the park, today it’s central park.

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Fell asleep in the grass for a while.

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Another life goal checked off, the Seinfeld diner. A pilgrimage for any true Seinfeld fan.

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Sunset over Riverside park.
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“Sorry babe, to make you come here, this place is a cluster f*$#$,” Times Square.

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Super Mario World as a nightcap.

Last days in New Zealand

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Waiting for our plane to take us from Queenstown to Auckland.

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Auckland is a vibrant and crowded melting pot of a city. We went to the Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki to kill some time. Acted a foo when we went to the kids exhibit and tried on some costumes in front of a sweet backdrop.

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Mitsy being a photographer. We played a little paper football and I drank a pour over.

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Sky Tower above.

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Some tasty frites, and my classy little breakfast flying home.

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Tramping the Milford Track, day 4

Second group out the door in the morning from the hut. We wanted to leave not our departure to chance. Our boat was to pick us up at 2PM, and given the estimated 5-6 hour hike ahead of us, we didn’t drag our feet with breakfast.

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Bridge over the Arthur river.

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Mackay falls, had lunch here and took our sweet time to soak it in, just jaw dropping.

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Giant Gate falls, the last epic waterfall before our completion.

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The final leg of our journey, Sandfly point didn’t disappoint (i.e. tons of damn sandflies…) Celebrated with a kiss and a beer, what an epic journey.

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Nice view as a reward for the completion.

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We had arrived an hour early, glad we didn’t show up late for our boat ride!! A closeup of the damn critter below that was tormenting us. Sandflies, small but annoying as hell.

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Brad, one classy dude, and the only other American we met along the way. Mitsy with an arm full of sandflies hoping to get at that sugary blood of hers.

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Trying to keep protected from the bugs… Our boat ride home was bittersweet. Glad a hot shower and some tastier grub was waiting, but sad to leave.

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Little Netflix and chill pad we hung out at for a few minutes in Milford Sound before the bus took us back home.

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Kea wanting to say goodbye to us (or hoping we had some crackers).

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Tramping the Milford Track, day 3

Started the day climbing up to Mackinnon pass with potential weather issues on the horizon. Nothing but a light mist came but passed soon and the sky opened up once more. It would seem luck is on our side and we have avoided inclement weather on the tougher day, thank goodness.

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Monument dedicated to Quintin Mackinnon, an explorer that helped flesh out this route through the fjord.

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Nothing but fog, and then one moment of a window which I was able to capture of the valley we had just hiked through. Other trampers came running to capture the same only to have the fog obscure it moments later.

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Down well constructed stairs aside beautiful blue waterfalls and pools.

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Anderson cascades above.

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Our first view of Sutherland falls, one of the tallest waterfalls in New Zealand at 580 meters (1,904 feet).

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Getting blasted by mist to snap this pic, taken by a helpful hiker.

Tramping the Milford Track, day 2

There’s no describing it, it’s just shear beauty. I look at these photos with heavy heart wishing this day to return. Mitsy and I got up with blue still diffused by the mist, sun was hiding behind the sharp peaks to our East. We hiked through this mist for quite some time and it made the track this day magical.

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Hard to see in the above picture, but there is one lone trout hanging out in the water.

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Sign says fist sight of Mackinnon Pass, couldn’t see shit…

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On our way to Prairie lake. One of the more magical sights on this trip.

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Double rainbow, making a rainbow eye reflection. Never seen that before…

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Mackinnon pass in the distance. Finally the mist clears a bit.

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In efforts to prevent tracking in of dirt, we all left our boots at the door each night at the hut, this is at Mintaro hut.

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