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traveling by boat

September 23, 2015

There are no roads anywhere near the village we’re living in. No driving roads, that is. There are plenty of walking paths. I’m also starting to see the ocean not as a barrier between islands but as a transportation network.

In order to get to the medical clinic in a nearby village, we can:
1) paddle a canoe across the small bay pictured below, then walk 1.5 miles, or
2) ride in a motor boat for a few miles, then walk a few hundred feet to the clinic.
Option 2 is how we got to the clinic last week for my stitches. It only took us about fifteen minutes to get to the clinic from our house.

To get to a bigger town on a different island, where we shop and would go to the hospital if ever needed, we ride about nine miles in a motor boat. With a large (40hp) outboard motor and a calm ocean, it takes about 45 minutes.

boys in motor canoe

We often travel in motor boats.

In this picture, we were going to an afternoon of volleyball games abut 15 minutes from our village.

A safety note for our grandparents and June: the first half of this trip was in a protected bay and close to shore. The second half of the ride was up a river that is only several feet deep. We do have life jackets on longer trips and on short trips when the ocean is rough.

We have gone a few months without riding in a car or truck, but we rarely go a few days on Kolombangara without riding in a boat.


2 Comments leave one →
  1. Mark and Bev Hefter permalink
    September 23, 2015 8:12 am

    Keeping you all in prayer and missing those cute boy’s, keep in touch Mark and Bev from Wisconsin where autumn colors are in full swing

  2. jim permalink
    September 23, 2015 1:54 pm

    Fun to read about your boat travel.

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