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nature & wildlife

last days of french polynesia

September – October 2014 Upon Wil’s return to Tahiti, our days following were a whirlwind of activity.  The day he returned, we spent one last night in “Carrefour Bay” near Marina Taina, where we shared drinks out with s/v Liward and s/v Macha.  This would be the last time to see our dear friends, Steve … Continue reading »

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moorea ~ sting rays, sharks, and a gecko

September 8 – 11, 2014 Opunohu Next stop . . . swimming with sting rays and sharks again for our third time! So that we could have a shorter dinghy ride to “sting ray city”, we anchored as far west of Passe Tareu (mouth of Baie d’Opunohu) as possible.  s/v Macha has a much shallower … Continue reading »

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moorea ~ captain mom & the wind

September 5 – 8, 2014 Ha’apiti After a week in the anchorage near Marina Taina, provisioning and spending our final days with s/v Liward, the kids and I finally hoisted the anchor and sailed to Moorea.  A strong northeast wind was forecast for the area, so we chose to return to village Ha’apiti on Moorea’s southwest shore.  It was a … Continue reading »

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moorea, tahiti, moorea, tahiti ~ back & forth

June 1 – July 2, 2014 Even though s/v Liward was anchored in Baie d’Opunohu on Moorea’s north side, Steve and Lili rented a car and drove down to see us in Ha’apiti for the day.  There were warm hugs all around when we picked them up at the stone wharf and dinghied them out … Continue reading »

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tubuai ~ rest & recuperation

May 21 – 30, 2014 Tubuai, the administrative center for the Austral Islands, is known as the “fruit bowl and veggie bin” of French Polynesia.  With fertile soil and a temperate climate, the island is capable of growing carrots, potatoes, cabbage, leeks, watermelon, pineapple, and lychees.  However, only some of the produce is consumed on … Continue reading »

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new zealand to french polynesia ~ against the wind

added note:  While this is another one of my lengthy posts, it is more for our own record and memory of the passage.  But hopefully, many of you will enjoy it regardless.  For those of you who prefer a shortened version, most days are titled with some highlights. May 2 – 20, 2014 Day 1:  … Continue reading »

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new zealand ~ final days in Kiwiland

March 14 – May 1, 2014 Time to get a move on.  The number of days delinquent in posting to the blog is rapidly growing.  Regardless of how tardy I am, I thoroughly enjoy re-living our travels with every post. Our final days in New Zealand were a blur of activity.  We had just splashed … Continue reading »

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new zealand ~ tropical cyclone june

January 19 – 23, 2014   Didn’t we go to New Zealand to avoid the cyclones? Tropical Cyclone June was bearing down on New Zealand, and we needed to find safe harbor before her arrival.  Once a brief category 2 storm, it was possible that we would only receive her remnants, but for our own … Continue reading »

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new zealand ~ parua bay to kawau bay

January 9 – 13, 2014 It was time to bid farewell to our friends in Parua Bay.  My parents had less than a week left with us, so it was time to get moving.  The plan was to day-hop our way to Auckland, exploring what we could along the way. Since we were anchored in … Continue reading »

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new zealand ~ bay of islands to whangarei

January 2 – 3 , 2014 With an overnight stop in Whangamumu Bay, we took two leisurely days to sail from Bay of Islands to the Whangarei area.                                                                   … Continue reading »

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