Conservation and Returning Forests

Its an interesting combination of travelers – this group. Current location of participants range from the San Juan’s off Seattle to Florida. Except for one woman who is in Salt Lake City (don’t ask, it has to do with her grandchildren) it is the usual places where OAT/GC runs regular seminars/sales pitches (east coast, California, DC).  And unlike the last crew this time we aren’t weighed heavily to New England.

We boarded our bus at a decent hour this morning, bags loaded and us ready to go, headed to Rotorua. Besides the home-hosted lunch, we made a most interesting stop –


Returning Forests

to their original state. An interesting project – this mountain is returning to its pre-invasive species state. As you might not be aware, mammals are not native. The original Pacific Island immigrants (Maori) were the first along with those critters deliberately (boar) or otherwise (rats) which joined them on their journey. Each successive wave added new species of flora and fauna along with their loads of bacteria, parasites and insects.

The fence which completely surrounds the mountain is the length of 3000 people holding hands. The regular staff is small and they rely heavily on volunteers.


without mammals to tear down and eat everything, regrowth has been rapid.

plants and ‘shrooms


and then we traveled on to Rotorua with a stop in town to see a couple of buildings, gardens and one of the local geothermal sites.

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About Holly

fiber person - knitter, spinner, weaver who spent 33 years being a military officer to fund the above. And home. And family. Sewing and quilting projects are also in the stash. After living again in Heidelberg after retiring (finally) from the U.S. Army May 2011, we moved to the US ~ Dec 2015. Something about being over 65 and access to health care. It also might have had to do with finding a buyer for our house. Allegedly this will provide me a home base in the same country as our four adult children, all of whom I adore, so that I can drive them totally insane. Considerations of time to knit down the stash…(right, and if you believe that…) and spin and .... There is now actually enough time to do a bit of consulting, editing. Even more amazing - we have only one household again. As long as everyone understands that I still, 40 years into our marriage, don't do kitchens or bathrooms. For that matter, not being a golden retriever, I don't do slippers or newspapers either. I don’t miss either the military or full-time clinical practice. Limiting my public health/travel med/consulting and lecturing to “when I feel like it” has let me happily spend my pension cruising, stash enhancing (oops), arguing with the DH about where we are going to travel next and book buying. Life is good!
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