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The force giveth, and the force taketh away…

The force giveth, and the force taketh away…

The Pacific Rim brings lots of news this week! First, you get a new island in Tonga (Polynesia).
The island - which is 500m (1,640 feet) long - was formed after an eruption at the Hunga Tonga volcano that started in December.
BBC NEWS
And then, in tragic news, a cyclone devastates the islands of Vanuatu (Melanesia).
"The damage is quite extensive in Port Vila but there are so many more vulnerable islands. I can't even imagine what it's like in those vulnerable communities.''
BBC NEWS
Tonga is an archipelago (group of islands) with over 177 islands split between 4 major groups and lies two-thirds of the way from Hawaii to New Zealand. Vanuatu is an archipelago with over 80 islands to its claim - also thanks to the same process that brought us our new Tongan island and lies about three-quarters of the way from Hawaii to Australia. The distance between Vanuatu and Tonga is 1,988 km (1,235 miles)  - similar distance from Boston to Miami - and the flight likely involves a stop in Fiji on the way.  Really not far from each other relatively speaking.    Of course, this week illustrates an interesting snapshot in time as with these volcanic regions, new islands are added but don't always stick around. Vanuatu to Tonga    
Ridiculous Crap That I Want – Take 3

Ridiculous Crap That I Want – Take 3

Do you ever feel like you don't have enough accessories for your power naps?  I never used to, but I sure do now! The Power Nap Capsule The frame and canopy create a personal, semi-enclosed napping space that can help you block out distracting sounds and sights.  capsule The Power Nap Head Pillow The pillow allows users to tune out their surroundings, creating a dark, quiet microenvironment ideal for achieving a deep, restful sleep whether stranded in a crowded airport or recharging between meetings at work. pillow
Ridiculous Crap That I Want – Take 2

Ridiculous Crap That I Want – Take 2

The second item in this series is actually a request from Nancy.

Hand-made Guinea Pig Scale-Mail and Helmet (Armor) - as seen on Ebay!
This hand-made scale-mail and tiny steel helmet will keep you guinea pig protected and secure in all situations. The scale-mail is made from polished steel scales and steel rings.
Does it get any better than this?  Probably not.  Unfortunately this is a custom item that is part of an auction for charity so there is no way Nancy is going to get it.   If the price seems to high but you would still like to help out other pigs, you can donate to the Metropolitan Guinea Pig Rescue!

Disney’12 Trip Report – Gorillas

Disney’12 Trip Report – Gorillas

The last few days were sort of a hodge-podge with a lot of napping at the Beach Club. The best adventure by far was spending time with Lilly the Gorilla and her family.  Lilly is over 2 years old now and the contrast in size between her and her daddy Gino is incredible.  They are part of a troop of endangered Western Lowland Gorillas with Gino as the alpha male.  You can see them at the Pangani Forest Trail (Africa). They can be found either behind the glass of the first viewing station or to the right of the path just after.   On the left side of the path is the all male troop.  Its worth spending some time here watching both sides because its amazing how they move and behave - especially considering we have 98% of the same DNA. As I mentioned before it was wicked hot so we stopped at the Dawa Bar for a cocktail.  It is a nicely shaded area for relaxing and the one sip I had was wicked good. This was about it for this trip. The damn Tortuga Flu had me down for the count.  I'm hoping to get back there for the 30th Anniversary of EPCOT celebrations!