Pictures of the Yaquina Head Lighthouse and Yaquina Bay Bridge, taken in April 2003 during an anniversary trip to the Oregon coast. (Hey kids, in the Before Times people could actually travel and stay places.) #ThrowbackThursday

Yaquina Head Lighthouse

Yaquina Bay Bridge

Sigh… if it weren’t for this pesky virus, we’d be headed to NZ today. With NZ requiring 14-days self-isolation on arrival, I bet the plane will be mostly empty, just Kiwis returning home.

Flight info for trip to NZ

As previously mentioned, we were scheduled to visit New Zealand next week. After much agonizing, we decided to postpone our trip.  It was a tough decision, but we feel we don’t have much choice given the current and developing situation, and the health risks to all involved, especially my mother.

After being on hold for about three hours, Jenn was able to reach Air New Zealand to get a 12-month deferment of our flights.  Meanwhile, she canceled the hotels etc.  We’ll lose about a grand in the process from more stingy hotels, but such is life.

We will reschedule the flights, and rebook hotels, probably for next year.  Though the flight info is a bit ambiguous; we might have to do the flights later this year.  We’ll clarify that later.

We’ve been planning and looking forward to this trip for years, so we’re sorry we had to postpone it.  But we’ll still do it, once the world has settled down a bit. Better safe than sorry.

Help me out, folks. This time next week, my wife and I are scheduled to be in New Zealand, to visit my family and tour the South Island, celebrating our 25th anniversary. A trip (from the US) that we booked six months ago.

But with the COVID-19 pandemic going on now, we’re having major misgivings of the wisdom of taking an international trip at present. NZ only has five cases, but there’s risk of exposure in airports and planes, and other unknowns. But on the other hand, the risk probably is fairly low, and if we cancelled, we’d probably lose a lot of money, since many things couldn’t be cancelled.

What do you think we should do?