The long journey to New Zealand began with a four-night layover in Los Angeles, the City of Angels. This allowed enough time to explore an American city George had heard so much about but had never visited. The first stop in New Zealand was Auckland, where George boarded a small cruise ship, the Discovery, which served as home for the next ten days as it navigated around New Zealand’s North and South Islands. The New Zealand adventure included visits to a down-under sheep farm with sheep shearing and a sheep-dog trial, a thermal reserve, the Maori Arts and Crafts Institute, and the seacoast city of Napier. Before returning full circle to Auckland for a final few days of sight-seeing, the Discovery sailed to the Tasman Sea coast of the South Island, with its majestic scenery around the fjords.
George Jabol received his B.A. degree from Ohio’s Muskingum University, and a Ph.D. in English language and literature from the University of Michigan. Fully retired now from a career with the federal government, George creates photographic slide shows as a way to remember his travels and share them with others.