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Jan 29, 2020 - January 30. 2020 Hawera, Taranaki, New Zealand

Hawera, Taranaki, NZ Thursday, January 30, 2020 We had the most amazing day today; Ryan had arranged for a tour of a privately owned Elvis museum!! Words failed me, to describe what we saw. It is owned by K.D Wasley, who is clearly a world class Elvis fan, he is 72 and began collecting about 1959. When he was in High School, he wanted an American pen pal, but the person had to live in Memphis. He did get a pen pal from there, named Roy. Roy has been a source of Elvis memorabilia to add to K.D.’s collection, and a friend since then. Also,...

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Jan 29, 2020 - Ohukane and New Plymouth

North Island Nomads, Continued Back on the relatively flat, the big attraction was the New Zealand Army Museum, about 15 miles across the scrub from downtown Okahune. . .all four streets of it. To get there you drove past the town park, which features enormous smiling vegetables. . .a 10 foot tall carrot, a rutabaga the size of a Volkswagen (although down here a rutabaga is called a 'swede' for reasons I haven't doped out yet), a portly and oddly misshapen spud (it was round and lumpy, unlike the oblong Idaho bakers we usually picture, and...

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Feb 13, 2009 - camping with the cows

A tourist can only learn so much about a country by seeing the typical tourist sights. We have been very fortunate to spend the last two days with a retired dairy farmer and classic car aficionado from Hawera, a town in the southeast of the Mt. Taranaki area. We have an old friend, who we first met when he was our student, whose family had a long standing friendship with Bryan’s family in New Zealand since World War II. He insisted that we stop by to visit Bryan who kindly volunteered his paddock (field) as a camping spot for our rigs. When...

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