• Rarotonga, Cook Islands

    Dear Friends/Family,

    As some of you may know I am only a few days into my “trip of a lifetime” touring the South Pacific.  To give a brief introduction… my good friend Jason McNeil and I are embarking on a 4+ month adventure where we are dreaming big and looking to travel to: The Cook Islands (current location), New Zealand, Australia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam, China, and Japan with the option and possibility (depending on the condition of our wallets and our stomachs) Sri Lanka, India, Maldives, Brunei, and whatever else is in the area (this side of the globe).  Our trip is very flexible and open ended, so the adventure is as uncertain and open to us as it is to you who are currently reading this email.

    My plan is to keep the reading material brief in these emails and tell most of our story through pictures which I will post as click-able thumbnails below.

    If you somehow become jealous and bitter because of our current adventures and magnanimous expectations, then feel free to shoot me an email reply stating: “Tyler I hate you and Jason and no longer want to hear anything about your life, current health, or safety”

    Enough intro…  Rarotonga is mind-blowingly (maybe an adverb??) amazing!!!  I’d say it’s how Hawaii was 20 years ago.  The people (and animals) are very friendly and hospitable, the flora is unique and lush, and the water is clear and warm.  You’ll have to get the rest of the story (so far) through the pics.

    I also have to plug Air New Zealand.  Our almost 10 hour flight from 11:15pm (LAX)  to 6:00am (RAR) was a breeze and included what I’d consider a mini computer in the headrest in front of me loaded with movies, music, TV shows, iPod inputs, and of course games (of which we played “Who Wants to be a Millionaire” and “Sudoku” for most of the journey).  They also served us a wonderful dinner, and breakfast for free with complementary wine and champagne.  When we arrived, Jason and I looked at each other and said, “That’s it? Can we stay on the airplane for another 4 hours?”

    The next destination is both the North and South Islands of New Zealand, which we leave for on Friday June 19th at 2:00am.  We will be flying into Aukland in the North and making our way South to finally catch a flight out of Christchurch…I’ll be in touch.

    We are specifically praying and hoping for health, safety, and divine appointments throughout our whole journey so please keep us in your hearts and minds while we’re on the other side of the globe.


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  • Lets Party with the Fishes (Rarotonga, Cook Islands)

    Lets Party with the Fishes from Tyler Elick on Vimeo.

    A little bit of snorkeling in Rarotonga, Cook Islands one little brown fish gets fiesty and a little nibbly with me. Pretty mellow video but a good sample of Raro.