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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Ferry Tales

The time had come to start packing up and getting ready to move on to the next phase of our adventure. We scheduled lunch with Jon and Becky again at the Moutere Inn on Sunday. It was a nice day, so I thought I would try to squeeze in one more bike ride before lunch.Continue reading “Ferry Tales”


Ok, lots to report, but let’s just cut to the chase. We got APPROVED!!!! We are now (once we fill out some paperwork) officially permanent residents of Aotearoa! We are so excited. It has been almost exactly 2 years from the time that we hired our immigration advisor, which might not seem that long, butContinue reading “GonnabeKiwi”

Feeling Low

There is and has been a gigantic low pressure system parked over New Zealand for quite a while and it doesn’t look like it is going anywhere anytime soon. As many of you know, this usually equates to unstable weather that can include high winds, rain, snow, and crabby people stuck indoors. In other words,Continue reading “Feeling Low”


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