Well, the tears have dried since returning Stateside from New Zealand. Skittles and I have been planning to go to New Zealand since planning our wedding 8 years ago. Took a while but for my 40th, we celebrated the rest of my birthdays, her birthdays, our honeymoon, and every anniversary we have remaining. Now to get on with the story: Your cast of characters: Skittles Lovin' it Strom (yea, I know) Luckily, I will not subject anyone to any more pictures of me. Oh, our rented steed - a V-Strom because I am all about wild, unpredictable variety. Our trip, in summary: Cuddle Couch, sharp mountains, good food, laughs, skills course grade roads, wind, rain, penguins, ice burgs, tall mountain tops, helicopters, boats, whales, more good food, rain, Dutch dudes playing Techno from their minivan, friendly locals, awesome roads, Jurassic forests, roadkill, flightless birds, steep tunnels, waterfalls, sea lions, albatross and glow worms.