Monthly Archives: September 2013

Vanuatu

Jean and I took our last vacation before becoming parents to Vanuatu, a place that before our trip was only a vaguely familiar word. It is a Pacific Island nation, known as New Hebrides before independence, northeast of Australia and almost due north from here in Oamaru, enough to have a much warmer climate. We stayed at a small resort outside the capital Port Vila. We took it pretty easy and did not see too much of the country which includes many islands. The food was very good with plenty of fresh fruit and fish, which we also saw at the market one day we went in to Port Vila. We took a kayak out in the lagoon most days and paddled out to a deserted island for some exploring and snorkeling.

Back in Oamaru it is spring and lambing season. On my run yesterday so many little lambs were sunning in the grass. It’s nice to be coming through winter.

Riding along the Clackamas River

Portland to Smith Rock State Park

PDX to Smith Rock State Park at EveryTrail

Last summer we took off from Portland the day after Jean finished residency and started on a bicycle tour with a few stops for rock climbing at Smith Rock near Bend, Oregon and City of Rocks in Idaho. I blogged about it here at the time but recently I pieced together the GPS tracks I’d recorded and added some photos from the trip to create the Everytrail map above. This is the first section of four. Some of the most beautiful riding of the trip was in the first couple of days and we had great company with Jason and Elvira, hope we get to tour with them again.