Helpful single serving site about that ship that's stuck in the Suez Canal. I will never get tired of this story.

Update (3/29): No. Bon voyage Ever Given.
Video of windows from around the world. Very nice tour of other people's views.
CityLab CityLab
image from CityLab
"[$50 billion] sounds like a lot, but it could be a bargain compared to adding a lane to I-5, the current north-south corridor linking the megaregion."

My Year in Cities, 2006

Kottke did it, and here I go. 2006 was an interesting year for me because it was the first time I traveled outside of North America. International travel gave me a new perspective on the US that's hard to describe. I came back both loving it more, and wanting it to be more. (But that's a topic for another post.) Anyway, here's my list of cities I visited in 2006:

Corvallis, OR (Home)
Nelson, New Zealand
Kaikoura, New Zealand
Christchurch, New Zealand
Queenstown, New Zealand
Te Anau, New Zealand
San Diego, CA
New York City, NY
New Paltz, NY
Bend, OR *
Newport, OR *
Portland, OR *
Lincoln, NE
San Francisco, CA
Sebastopol, CA

As the rules state: one or more nights spent in each place. Those cities marked with an * were visited multiple times on non-consecutive days.

I don't have any international travel planned for the foreseeable future, but I'd like to make it back to New Zealand someday.

Bend Trip Photos

sk and I just got back from a weekend in Bend, Oregon. It was our first time there and we had a blast. Our first night in town, we met up with Jake and his wife and heard about Bend through the years. Other highlights included visiting several Cascade Lakes for canoing and hiking, dinner at the Blacksmith, a quick hike at the Lava Lands Visitor Center, a noisy thunderstorm, and some time at the High Desert Museum. This morning we drove to the top of Pilot Butte and got a sense of how Bend is laid out, and saw a 360 degree view of the mountains around Bend.

The top highlight for me was an early morning canoe trip around glassy Elk Lake.

sk paddle break
sk paddle break

The top photographic highlight for me was Sparks Lake, and I took quite a few photos there including this shot of Mt. Bachelor and some lava formations:

mt. bachelor from sparks lake
Mt. Bachelor from Sparks Lake

We also rode the ski lift to the top of Mt. Bachelor for an overview of the Cascades. Here's a look at the Three Sisters and Sparks Lake from above:

three sisters from mt. bachelor
Three Sisters and Sparks Lake from Mt. Bachelor

I put up a gallery of 13 more Bend photos if you want to see more scenery from the trip. There's so much to explore around Bend, I feel like we've just scratched the surface. I'm already looking forward to my next trip there.