Now that the engine was out of the boat, and the dismantling completed, it was time to take a road trip to the other side of the island and the city of Lambasa (third largest in Fiji) to look for engine parts to rebuild the lower end. Turns out that number four piston was totally frozen and required a hydraulic press to free it.
|Heading North out of town|
|Downtown Labasa...VERY crowded, mostly |
|A "watering hole" on the side of the road.|
Meanwhile, it was time for the kids to arrive for Christmas vacation! Steven and Liz arrived at the Savusavu airport from Nandi airport on the big island (Viti Levu).
|Debarking the aircraft|
|Reunion with Dad (the beard-less one)|
|Copra Shed marina and restaurants|
|If in need|
|Steve and milkshake(?)|
|Hot springs in Savusavu|
|Anniversary at Kero Sun Resort, Savusavu|
|Lobby at Kero Sun Resort|
|Kero Sun Resort floating rooms|
|View from the room at Kero Sun Resort|
|The village from the road|
|Rock overhang just inland from the beach|
|Snorkeling is a national pastime|
|The kids thought Liz was kool!|
|Making preparations to take this Panga back to Savusavu,|
instead of the truck....after an hour, we ran out of fuel, floated
up on the beach, hitch-hiked to gas station....
|"Island Time" converts back at Kero Sun|
|Christmas dinner at Surf and Turf|
|Chilling aboard Shakedown|
|Guess we like the lifestyle|
|The town market|
|Market view from main street|
The visit seemed, as always, too fast. But we had fun, they got to see some new stuff, and we got to see them. What a great year to finish up 2017!
|A final look at downtown before the kids headed back to|