The Grand Adventure

Our Quest to Simplify Our Lives

Roger and Susanne in Patagonia, 2013

The Grand Adventure Blog

Susanne and I have embarked on an exciting new phase of our life that will hopefully get us to New Zealand. If not, that is ok too. Over the last few years, it has become very clear that there is great value in starting to simplify our lives. We have been fortunate to be where we are with good health, financial wherewithal and great friends and family to support us. I wanted to capture our adventures as I have with many of our trips through photos and a journal. I hope you enjoy and follow along.

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Lawn Roombas

It has been quite a long time since my last post. As you know, we left Akaroa and headed to Motueka to settle in and look for a place to live permanently. That was almost 2 months ago and in that period of time we have been deep in house hunting mode. We have been…


The drive from Lake Tekapo to Akaroa was relatively uneventful other than the truck that had tipped over on the super windy road and caused a minor traffic jam. Thankfully the driver looked unscathed. These roads in New Zealand … they are something else. Akaroa is on the Banks Peninsula which are some old volcanoes…

Four Peaks

After leaving our rubbish in the Lake Ohau place, we drove the hour and forty-five minutes to Fairlie where we were going to do a 3-day/2-night hut-to-hut trip on a gigantic private station in the Four Peaks range. We, as usual, were way early so we tried to come up with some stuff to do…

Lake Ohau

After leaving our good buddy, Emmitt, we headed up to Oamaru for a night before heading to Lake Ohau. We stopped by our favorite brewery, Craftworks, to have a beer and some of the super yummy cheese. The bar tender remembered us and how much we liked the cheese and helped up choose again. It…


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