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I’m outta here

…at least for a while.

I normally try to steer away from meta posts, but it seems important to note here that as of the end of this year, Stacey and I will be leaving New Zealand shores and living in Melbourne. It’s been a very tough decision, which sadly comes down to a general lack of science funding in New Zealand contrasting with relatively enthusiastic science funding in Australia.

This will mean I’ll not get to go tramping in New Zealand as frequently, and I expect the frequency of posts on this blog to drop as a consequence.

With Windy Hilltops having evolved into a nice theme about local tramping, particularly biased towards the lower North Island (despite the occasional offtopic post), I’ve decided that I don’t want to pollute it with extensive material regarding whatever I get up to over the longer term in Australia. I do intend to keep following happenings in New Zealand, and will likely continue to write about them from time to time. The details of how this will turn out isn’t yet clear, but I hope I’ll continue to find things to write about.

If I do something interesting enough while overseas, I may experiment with starting another blog, and will post a reference from here if something gets established. It’d have to be something quite well themed, because I’m not exactly into writing about personal day-to-day issues online.

It’ll be nice to be back at some point. We like New Zealand a lot, but exactly when and under what circumstances is a matter for time to help decide. Meanwhile, thanks everyone for taking an interest in the writings here, and for offering the feedback and thoughts in the comments that show up from time to time. It’s awesome.

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10 Comments To "I’m outta here"

#1 Comment By Barry On 22 December, 2010 @ 9:23 pm

I’ve always enjoyed your posts on this blog and over at tramper.co.nz. Safe travels.

#2 Comment By Robb On 23 December, 2010 @ 9:41 am

Kia ora Mike,
Best of wishes to you in you new endeavours overseas. Stop in at my place if you ever need a dose of the Ruahine :).
Hope you have a safe move, and a great and healthy Yuletide Season.

#3 Comment By Amelia On 27 December, 2010 @ 9:03 pm

We’ll all miss you Mike. Almost seems a shame that you are totally up-to-date on your trip reports, otherwise you could continue regaling us with stories from days of yore… (yeah, I know, I still have trip reports on my blog outstanding from 2007… I’ll get there eventually)
Most of all, I think a lot of people at the club will miss you. On the plus side, its one less person to try and beat at photocomp in the new year 🙂

#4 Comment By Mike McGavin On 27 December, 2010 @ 10:20 pm

Thanks everyone. There’s at least one more report to come, in any case, since I was up Mt Taranaki getting sunburned yesterday. Apart from that, we’re flying out on the 31st.

#5 Comment By stephen On 5 January, 2011 @ 8:58 am

All the best Mike, i’ve enjoyed reading your exploits as a form of vicarious tramping when work and family commitments have made it difficult for me to get out in the last few years.

#6 Comment By Mike McGavin On 5 January, 2011 @ 12:00 pm

Thanks Stephen. I guess I haven’t completely vanished, just hiding overseas. 🙂

#7 Comment By john On 21 January, 2011 @ 11:33 am

Hopefully there are some good tramps near Melbourne – All the best.
(windyhilltops.com.au) coming soon??? 🙂

#8 Comment By Mike McGavin On 24 January, 2011 @ 11:16 am

Hah, maybe not because it doesn’t seem too windy over here right now. 🙂 I haven’t had a chance to get out much just yet — still running around looking for work (which seems to be going well at least). I’ll see how things go.

#9 Comment By John A (AKA Mantis) On 1 February, 2011 @ 7:32 pm

G’day Cobber. Hope things are going well in the flatlands. A few years ago an Aussie friend and I drove from Melbourne To Wangaratta. Before we left he said we would be crossing “The Great Dividing Range”. I thought that sounded great and settled back to await stunning mountain vistas tumbling waterfalls etc. After a few hours we cruised through some low rolling hills and I asked him when would we get to “the Great Dividing Range “Mate” he said “That was eet”. Still there were some nice little gorges and some good looking creeks so I guess that you will soon find places to go

#10 Comment By Mike McGavin On 11 February, 2011 @ 12:58 pm

Well thanks for that nod of encouragement. Work’s sorted, which is good, and I’m starting to think about checking out some of the local clubs a bit more. There certainly doesn’t seem to be as much multi-day stuff out this way. (Everyone calls it pack-carrying over here, and it’s treated as something a bit less usual as far as I can tell.)