Friday, July 13, 2007

Aussie Connections

You know, there's something unusual about this place. I keep finding things I'd expect to see in Australia. Take roundabouts for example. Do you have them where you live? I had never seen them until I went to Australia. But while I was away Bend built dozens of these things. And most are huge! So big the centers double as art galleries! Very nice! Just wish we could get people to signal when they use them!

There are also many Aussie connections on Mt Bachelor. Just check out their trail map. Especially the "Outback" side of the mountain. And their "Little Rippers" ski school classes! Struth!

I love it!

13 comments:

M.Benaut said...

You Americans sure have a lot of fish on your roundabouts. I'll now keep an eye out for the same in Australia. And the weather looks great. Can you send some this way.

alice said...

Hello M.Benaud's friend! Roundabouts are everywhere in France, they are called "rond-points anglais" (=English roundabouts, because you must look on your left before drive in).

M.Benaut said...

And in Italy, one is called La Rotatoria.

I think it's safer to listen to Alice.

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Sally said...

A wonderful continuous "bend" in Bend. And g'day mate....any mate of M Benaut is a mate of us all!

Sally said...

Oh, and don't fret too much about people not knowing how to use them - I think most people here have no idea either! Forget the "first there" rule, it's a constant stream of traffic from the right (that's left to you!) very often....may as well just have the old "give way to the right" rule (that's left to you!) I sometimes think.

Jules said...

Welcome to blogging, from an Aussi (living overseas) who is also a new blogger. Your blog looks great!!

I live in Papua New Guinea and yes there are roundabouts here because the Australians built a lot of the roads!! They work fine until you get someone going the wrong way round them......and the driver had the cheek to blow his horn at me!!!!

Dan said...

We have those here in Parker, but they are not that common in Colorado. Therefore, the typical driver has no idea how to navigate them. Most of them think the yeild sign for entering it is more of a guideline, and not a requirement.

Mme Benaut said...

Howdy Dennis. Love you blog and would love to see lots more photos of the mountains and trees. Can you snow ski on Mt Bachelor?

Mme Benaut said...

Oops - just noticed the link to the Ski Area - how far away is it from where you live to the ski fields?

drpack said...

Thank you everyone for the lovely warm welcome and nice comments.

mme benaut, Mt Bachelor is consistently ranked among the best 5 places in the US to ski ... so yes! (but we try to keep it secret!)Those pictures are coming! It is 28 miles from my door and takes about a half hour to get there. That's where I worked last winter. A new road is being built as we speak so the trip will be even shorter!

Margie said...

Nice Blog, but you still need a "myspace" like the rest of us PACKS! Love roundabouts! The secret is to not make eye contact, if you make eye contact you loose the right of way!

D Hibbits said...

I saw your picture on Ian's blog and he said I should drop you a note since I live in Gig Harbor. My wife and I stayed with him the last time we were down under. I have been thru Bend a couple times but has been a while.