Solomon Islands – Remote Island Life, World War II Relics and Ocean Adventures

Solomon Islands – Remote Island Life, World War II Relics and Ocean Adventures

We didn’t know what to expect in the Solomon Islands except for World War II relics from the Battle of Guadalcanal. Upon arriving, we realized this country is made up of several islands with small villages. The locals use dugout canoes as their primary mode of transportation. In our time there, we mingled with locals who are dark-skinned, but not of African descent. An interesting trait of Solomon Islanders is they have a broad spectrum of hair colors. We were fascinated that Solomon Islanders and other Melanesians are the only people besides Europeans…continue reading →
Vanuatu – Volcanoes, Ocean and Culture

Vanuatu – Volcanoes, Ocean and Culture

In our bungalow on the remote Tanna island, we saw and heard the Mt. Yasur volcano erupting several times every hour. The next day we drove through the desolate and windswept ash field in front of the volcano. As we looked at the stairs to the rim, we felt rumblings, smelled sulfur and saw plumes. We proceeded onto the ridge in our closely monitored group. By this time, everyone had on their hard hats, goggles, and dust-masks and were looking into the crater, while resisting the strong winds. Dusk was approaching and eruptions…continue reading →