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Ted Wright -- last update 2/19/2006 (& 2/20) (2006FebEmilyNewZealand.html)
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Their Way to a Semester in Australia
was our view from the plane to New Zealand. We were one of the only rows
without a window!! The flight was really nice though, we ate good food,
watched a movie and went to sleep!
|This is me up in
the Sky Tower in Auckland, it's the tallest bldg in the southern hemisphere!
You can see the city down below me!
our tour of the North Island of NZ we went from Auckland to Paihia (the
Bay of Islands), then south of Auckland to Waitomo (where the caves were)
and then to Rotorua.
|We went on our first
forest hike on the first day with our tour - it was really beautiful.
They have these loud locust-type bugs that are deafening when you get
into the bush! Here's me and my roomie, Laura hugging a giant kauri tree.
|This shot is from
the island we stopped off on in the Bay of Islands (in the North part
of the North Island). We went sailing around the bay on a catamaran, it
was really fun! We saw some dolphins and penguins and other cool ocean
|Laura and I went
zorbing! We had to run and jump into this big ball with water inside and
then they rolled us down the hill! We slid around everywhere, it was so
|This was at the agrodome
in Rotorua - they had sheep dog shows and stuff like that. There were
tons of sheep every where we went, supposedly there are 6 million in the
country of NZ!
|This is a shot of
lake Rotorua. The lake is really the top of a volcano that blew off and
filled in with water over time, and the island in the center proves that
the volcano is still somewhat active. It is formed by small amounts of
lava rising up from the volcano - it's rebuilding it's top only to explode
|We took a plane from
lake Rotorua to see the hot springs and other volcanoes from the air!
Here's a shot of the biggest volcano we saw from the plane. It exploded
in a big line!
|Boiling mud from
all of the thermal activity in Rotorua. All over the city you can see
steam rising from vents in the streets, people's yards, etc. Much of the
power in the city comes from the thermal energy.
|Laura and me in front
of a big Rotorua geyser!
daughter Emily (a 2003 CHS Grad) starts classes at James Cook Universiy in Australia
(Monday Feb. 20th). She and her University of Miami roommate are both doing
an exchange semester there. -- Ted
Back Later For Australia Photos
from Sunday (Feb. 19th): Hi dad! I went diving on the reef today!!! Laura
and Lindsey and I went together out to Wheeler Reef, and it took about
3 hours to get there! It was a perfect day, so it was really calm on the
reef and very sunny. I dove with a man who was also advanced so we could
go deeper if we wanted, and he had a great underwater camera. He got my
email and said he'll send me some of the pictures, so that's pretty exciting.
A reef shark swam right by us, we saw some big groupers.....there were
so many corals and fish and sponges and clams....i was scared just thinking
about trying to do a scientific survey there. :)
Anyway, just wanted to tell you a little about my big day, I had a great
time. Hope the weather has warmed up a little bit and that you're not
dealing with driving on ice! -- Emily
note: The reef above would be the Great Barrier Reef. Emily says her
temperatures there are in the 90s. I'm still trying to comprehend the
time difference but she was already done with Sunday when the email arrived
here 7am this Sunday morning. I did find these clocks
to compare (we match Chicago and she matches Sydney).
really like to have news and photos from other CHS grads (any year) to
keep the folks in Collinsville posted on what you (or your University,
job, or family) are up to. -- Ted Wright
Jana Schubert is studying this semester in Manchester England. Not sure
what her email is-her sister-in-law, Lexee Schubert, works at American
Bank in Collinsville and her brother, Justin Schubert is a coach at
the High School.
Glad to hear Emily is doing well and the pictures are great! Is her
email the same?
Yes, Emily's email is the same but if you call her cell phone before
she returns in mid-June, you will reach me instead -- Ted
(Jana & Emily are both 2003