This is totally out of order, but I wanted to include this cool story of California Redwoods in New Zealand. So, about a hundred years ago, the country was looking for the fastest growing trees to produce timber. They imported several different types, grew and studied them here. Although a pine variety ultimately won out, … Continue reading Raining in the Redwoods
Luke turned 8 today and our sweet friends living in Melbourne celebrated with us at a super fun place, Clip and Climb. Then we all had burgers and birthday cake. Thank you Griessels and Gillies for singing him into his new year on our first full day in Australia! Continue reading Happy Birthday!
I write this post to you from the place that has stretched us out of our comfort zone for the first time on this trip. It wasn’t the 22 hour flights or driving on the opposite side of the road (as the shotgun passenger I’m still trying to recover from the anxiety of having no … Continue reading The stretching has started
Over the last few days, we’ve seen a lot of beautiful things. We walked through a forest and Mom really liked these fern trees. We came to a 120 foot waterfall. Pretty awesome! This is another fall we saw the next day. It was smaller, but still very cool. We also saw an amazing rock … Continue reading Back by popular demand, a Lukey post
Yesterday, we rode on the “Jet Raider” ferry to Waiheke Island. I liked going to the vineyards and on the walks between them I learned how to eat a honeysuckle. They were a great sweet snack! We found some unique shells on the beach. On the ride back to Auckland, our ferry boat (the “Te Kotkoue”) … Continue reading Luke’s thoughts on Auckland
After two days, three flights and many time zones, we arrived to spring in sunny and blue-skied Auckland, NZ. We are renting a surburban Airbnb apartment and it’s been a great way to kick the jet lag with fresh air, playgrounds and lots of walking. We rode the ferry into the city center today and … Continue reading First Days in Auckland
The number one question people have asked us is, “How in the world do you pack for nine months?” Well, you pack for one week. Since we are chasing summer, the clothes are lighter and all in the same season. Each of us is taking one carry-on and one backpack. Thankfully, we can pick things … Continue reading How do you pack for nine months???
We want to hear from you! More than half of the places we are going are new to us. We’ve heard or read about them and want to experience them firsthand. Maybe you already have. And that’s what we’d love to know. Tell us your favorite places, memories, foods, excursions and people you know where we … Continue reading Where in the World are the Rutledges?
Suzanne: When we were contemplating this trip, it was important for Mitch and me to determine why we were going to go and what our goals were. If I’m being honest, I just love new adventures and seeing the world and all its beauty. People fascinate me, and visiting other cultures is a great way … Continue reading What’s our Why?