We are both safe and sound!!!

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Tuesday, February 22, 2011

As I'm sure you've heard by now, Christchurch was rocked by a massive earthquake today.  Our thoughts and prayers are with the people of Christchurch and hope the best for them.

We were suppose to fly there from Queenstown today, then after overnighting in Christchurch, we were to fly tomorrow to Wellington.

As we were about to pass through security at Queenstown Airport at 1pm, a general announcement came on stating that Christchurch experienced another earthquake and all flights to Christchurch were on hold.  Eventually they cancelled all flights to Christchurch and are putting us up in a hotel here in Queenstown tonight.  Instead of flying to Christchurch tomorrow we have decided to fly instead to Wellington and skip our 1 night stop in Christchurch altogether.  That would keep us on our original schedule.

We have one small detail of the fact that we had each left a small bag at our Christchurch motel when we left there on Feb.15th and were to pick it up tonight before heading to Wellington.  However, we've decided it was safer (and surer, since who knows when Christchurch airport would re-open) to simply go directly to Wellington and have requested via email that the owner of the Christchurch motel be so kind as to ship us our bags to our Auckland hotel before we leave there on March 1st.

Anyways, again, we are both safe and sound, just a little weary from all the happenings and airport chaos... We are still at the Queenstown airport awaiting the hotel vouchers for tonight.

Will try to update you from Wellington in the next couple of days...

Rick
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