The main town on Espiritu Santo is Luganville. In fact, it’s the second largest city in all of Vanuatu with just over 16,000 people. It has a physician working there full time, grocery stores, ferries to other islands, a large hardware store and anything else you may want (within reason, this is still a small island in a developing nation). But there are restaurants and hotels and it even boasts an international airport. A paved road up the island was made in 2010 and is frequently traveled. If you’re fortunate enough to find someone driving north bound, the going rate seems to be 500 vatu ($5 US) for a ride any distance in the back of the pick up. Going to Luganville looks easy, not as sure how to meet a car going northbound other than stand on the side of the road and wave.
Bay of Island boat tour
Captain Cook bay has a great hike up to an overlook point with views in all directions. This was reportedly the first place Captain Cook made landfall in New Zealand. There are known regions where dolphins often play and gorgeous islands, bays, and incredible hiking up and around rolling green hills. You can’t go wrong, your captain will have lots of ideas for you.
If you love history, a stop over in Wangamumu is a perfect blend of nature and history. This used to be a major whaling station and much of the equipment and operations are still available, in all ages of deterioration, for exploring and viewing. Then you can take an uphill hike to a majestic overlook of the region. There is no better way to appreciate your local area AND get to learn some history in that area than stopping in for a day.
The farthest north point on New Zealand is Cape Regina, with a lighthouse lending warning for vessels approaching from the north. This FREE activity is a rather long drive, but there’s a nice parking lot with bathroom facilities and good trails out to the lighthouse and point. It makes for a wonderful afternoon and if the weather is nice, you can see the tide lines meeting from the east and west sides of the island. Definitely worth the trip if
Tell us about your family.
We are a family of 4; Russel, Greer, Kai (boy-13yrs) and Jaiya (girl-10yrs). Russel is a super competent sailor; his mum and dad circumnavigated and he sailed from Melbourne to Greece with them in his 20’s. He is also a mad-keen windsurfer, a number cruncher and one of those people who are (annoyingly) good at absolutely everything. Greer is an artist who loves yoga. Kai is also a superb windsurfer and dinghy sailor. He has a special talent for computers- coding and programming. He loves maths, reading and hanging out with other cruising kids. Jaiya is an insatiable reader, another windsurfer, dinghy sailor and baker. She also loves maths and writing, plays the piano (we have a keyboard aboard) and is looking forward to getting a dog once we return to land life!
Tell us about your journey?
We started our trip in Panama where we bought our boat Tika (an Outremer 55) in August 2015. We did a whirlwind tour of the Caribbean in 7 months (from Panama to Columbia, a land based trip to Peru, then we sailed to Cuba, Florida, The Bahamas, down the islands to Grenada, across to the Venazualan Islands, then Bonaire, San Blas, back to Panama and through the canal). We crossed the Pacific in 2016; to the Galapagos Islands, French Polynesia (Marquesas, Tuomotus and the Society Islands),
We had the most adventurous day!! In lieu of a birthday dinner, we decided we’d rather spend the money on gas to go see the infamous tikis on Hiva Oa. Sounds like a more memorable “present,” right?? They sell all day tours to the tikis for about $50 per person, plus you have to buy a $25 lunch. Since we carry a 100 horsepower motorcycle on our catamaran, we figured we could do it ourselves. What could go wrong?? Hiva Oa is the second largest of the Marquesas Islands, which is a French territory in the South Pacific. ‘Large’ means 320 square kilometres (124 square miles), so it’s not huge. The anchorage is on one side of the island, the tikis on the other. So, we headed out at about 9 in the morning, we left our teenager with the younger kids, brought a couple granola bars and drinks. We’d be back for a late lunch, so may as well pack light. Along the way, there were many mango trees on the side of the road with mangos on the ground. We stopped and gathered some up that looked nice. We went a ways and found the small airport, which offers daily flights to Tahiti. Shortly after that the road turned into dirt. We were aware that this would happen, so there were no big surprises. The views were spectacular. We ended up
- Some soaps are natural; all detergents are synthetic.
- All soaps and detergents clean with a ‘surfactant’.
- Surfactants are molecules that attach themselves to particles of dirt on dirty surfaces and lift them away.
- Surfactants work because one part of them is hydrophilic (attracted to water) and the other is hydrophobic (repelled by water).
- The hydrophobic tail of a surfactant digs its way into the dirt; the other tail is drawn into the water.
- Soaps increase water’s ability to make things wet by reducing the surface tension of the water.
- Soap is made from animal fats or vegetable oil combined with chemicals called alkalis, such as sodium or potassium hydroxide.
- Most soaps include perfumes, colors and germicides (germ-killers) as well as a surfactant.
- The Romans used soap over 2000 years ago.
- Detergents were invented in 1916 by a German chemist called Fritz Gunther.
- Surfactant molecules in soap lift dirt off dirty surfaces.
- The hydrophobic tail dips into the dirt.
- The hydrophilic tail is pulled by the water.
- The surfactant molecules in soap lift particles of dirt away.
The information for Science Saturdays is obtained from a fun book we found in a thrift store in New Zealand. It has 8 sections of 1,000 detailed topics each. They
Happy Thanksgiving to all of our American families!! With Black Friday coming up and people out shopping for kids and the holidays, it’s very useful to give them guidance when it comes to families who are trying to live intentionally and more through experiences than through quantities of stuff. When you’re on the go and living out of a suitcase or backpack, it’s hard to manage more toys, more books, and more games to bring along. Yet your loved ones want to show support, connection, and love. Gifts are a culturally normal way to reach out to people to show thoughtfulness and love. So what can we come up with that could be a win-win-win deal for everyone? Kids get a gift they like, friends and family can give them something, and you’re not weighed down with the burden of more unnecessary “stuff.” Here are some suggestions for useful items and other gifts that are very meaningful and beneficial:
Middle aged kids are great!! They are becoming more self aware, able to read and pursue knowledge, and have blooming personalities and interests. These guys are outgrowing the cartoon movies, but still want to be entertained. Kahn academy is great to pick up on new subjects, but let’s be honest, he’s a little boring for some kids to be able to sit through and absorb new information. (And I love his videos and I love what he offers, but they are lower on the entertainment scale). They will walk away or begin making trouble, and if you’re seeking a little time to address other things in your life, that’s not what you need. This is a list of entertaining and engaging shows with subject material that you will be happy for your kids to learn (and they often don’t even realize they’re learning).
Bill Nye the Science Guy
Bill Nye covers many science topics, one per episode. It’s fast paced and “jazzy” for entertainment value. Sometimes I think it jumps a little too much for teaching purposes, but there is a lot of repetition of the key points and kids do walk away with a better understanding. He covers a wide range of science topics from chemistry and biology, to physics and astronomy.
They basically follow the scientific principles to solve some basic questions and urban legends.
- Until the 16th century most people thought the Earth was the center of the Universe and that everything – the Moon, Sun, planets and stars – revolved around it.
- Nicolaus Copernicus was the astronomer who first suggested that the Sun was the center, and that the Earth went round the Sun. This is called the heliocentric view.
- Copernicus was born on 19 February 1473 at Torun in Poland, and died on 24 May 1543.
- Coperincus had an extensive education at the best universities in Poland and Italy. He studied astronomy and astrology, medicine and law.
- Copernicus described his iadeas in a book called De revolutionibus orbium coelestium (‘On the revolutions of the heavenly spheres’).
- The Roman Catholic Church banned Copernicus’s book for almost 300 years.
- Copernicus’s ideas came not from looking at the night sky but from studying ancient astronomy.
- Copernicus’s main clue came from the way the planets, every now and then, seem to perform a backward loop through the sky.
- The first proof of Copernicus’s theory came in 1609, when Galileo saw (through a telescope) moons revolving around Jupiter.
- The change in ideas that was brought about by Copernicus is known as the Copernican Revolution.
The information for Science Saturdays is obtained from a fun book we found in a thrift store in New Zealand. It has 8 sections of 1,000 detailed topics each. They are Space, Planet Earth, Wild
It has been an amazing week of provisioning. I’m feeling ready to go the better part of a year without seeing a grocery store. Hopefully we’ve stocked up on some good trade items and are ready to both supply local villages with much needed items as well as resupply ourselves with fresh fruits and veggies. Leaving Port Vila in the morning!!
- Currently the largest surviving carnivorous marsupial
- Once native to Australia, now only found on island of Tasmania
- Can run, climb tress and swim well
- Give birth to live young, 20 to 30 at a time, after a 3 week gestation
- The young live in a pouch with only 4 nipples and compete for survival
- They are scavengers and prefer to eat carrion, but will kill livestock or pet animals if needed
- They prefer wombats for the easy hunting and high fat content
- Because populations dropped very low, there is very little genetic diversity due to the population bottleneck therefore founder’s effect
- They are fully mature at 2 years and rarely live over 5 years in the wild
- First discovered in 1996, devil facial tumour disease (DFTD) has created a significant problem in Tasmanian devils. It passes like a bacterial infection, but causes a growth like a cancerous tumor.
- Individuals affected with DFTD die within a month
- Approximately 65% of their territories are afflicted with the disease
- Made known worldwide by the Looney Tunes character