About Jason Patz

I'm trained as an industrial designer, but I like doing lots of different things. I use my blog to discuss stuff I've made and stuff I like.

Catty Shack Pix

Can you spot the mosquito?

Can you spot the mosquito?

About a week and half ago we went to a local large cat sanctuary here in Jacksonville called Catty Shack for a nighttime feeding.  We’d been once before with a niece that is really into animals and knew it was a really neat experience.  That was a daytime visit.  As expected, the nighttime visit let us see a more active side to these impressive beasts.

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New Zealand – Day 11

Mt Cook Hides in the Clouds.

Lake Tekapo.  Can you spot the Tandem Kayak?

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We got up as early as we could and headed out of town.  Today we would get to see what so many before us thought was the most spectacular part of their NZ trip – Mt Sunday!  The trick was to get up early because it’s about a 2.5-hour drive and the best light is supposed to be from about 10-1pm.  I was hoping for some nice photos.

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New Zealand – Day 10

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Morning Yoga on a Nelson Beach.

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I probably shouldn’t have eaten as much chocolate mud cake as I did (see Day 9) and felt a little sick all day.

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New Zealand – Day 9

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Beautiful blue skies and blue water Entering the Marlborough Sounds.

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After folding our nice and dry clothes, we whipped up our now standard breakfast of oatmeal, complimentary apple from the lobby, and peanut butter.  Then it was time to check out and head for the ferry.

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New Zealand – Day 8

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Poet’s Park. So Peaceful! Anduin River Launch Point. Looking in the Opposite Direction from which it was Filmed.

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Today was a true tourism day.  There is so much to see in Wellington.  We could have spent even more time there exploring architecture, museums, restaurants, etc.

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New Zealand – Day 7

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Between the Town and the Beach in Napier Lies this Park

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We knew that our trip would entail a lot of driving, but this was the longest day of driving that we just couldn’t plan around.  We were not near an airport and there were things we wanted to do around Tongariro National Park, but there is not a lot of NZ that we really wanted to see between this latitude and Wellington which is at the very southern tip of the north island.  The only solution that made sense to us was to drive.  It was going to be a long day.

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Loquat Jam

If you live in the southern US you may have loquat trees somewhere nearby.  If you live in Jacksonville, FL, the fruit is ready to pick and eat now.  The tree itself is nice looking and so is the little orangey-yellow fruit.  I think most people have them for their ornamental value but the fruit is tasty.

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New Zealand – Day 6

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On the Silica Falls Trail. Iron Mixes with Clay in the Streambed. As it Oxidizes, it Turns this Brilliant Orange Color.

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Please excuse the quality of these pictures.  I only had my phone with me this day and it was dark and rainy almost exclusively.  My phone does a rotten job in these conditions.

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