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On to bluer waters…

May 22nd, 2010 · No Comments · French Polynesia, Marquesas, Nuku Hiva, Our Route

While Nuku Hiva is lovely, we’ve been hearing all about the other islands from fellow cruisers – Islands that have crystal clear blue water, awesome snorkeling, beautiful white beaches, lush jungle vegetation….  And we’ve started to wonder why we are still sitting here, in a murky brownish-green bay that you don’t really even want to […]

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A Visit to Hakatea (“Daniel’s Bay”) (May 13-16)

May 22nd, 2010 · 3 Comments · Cruising with Friends, Fellow Cruisers, French Polynesia, Marquesas, Nuku Hiva, Our Route, shoe-cruising, Shore Excursions

Five miles west of Taiohae Bay, there’s Hakatea, nicknamed Daniel’s Bay because of some European who used to live there.  Although Mike and Hyo of IO had already explored the area, they readily accepted our invitation to ditch their boat in Taiohae and come with us back over to Daniel’s Bay for a weekend.  Daniel’s […]

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Making Landfall (May 8, 2010)

May 20th, 2010 · 2 Comments · Famous Firsts, French Polynesia, Marquesas, Nuku Hiva, Pacific Crossing

In the dark, the island was a foreboding dark mass on the horizon, a threatening black image on the radar screen.  After being at sea for so long, seeing nothing for weeks, and falling into a pleasant state of not worrying about running into anything, it felt strangely scary to suddenly be within three miles […]

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May 18th, 2010 · 1 Comment · Beautiful, French Polynesia, Life on the Boat, Marquesas, Nuku Hiva

I would write more, but right now there is a beautiful loaf of freshly made french bread calling my name, along with a huge chunk of butter, delicious jam and honey, multiple pamplemousse,* and some ridiculously fragrant limes just screaming to be sliced and diced into a margarita. Life in paradise is rough. More updates […]

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Making “French Toasts”

May 11th, 2010 · 3 Comments · Cheers!!, Debauchery, French Polynesia, Funny, Marquesas, Nuku Hiva

As you can imagine, after 25 days on a little boat out in the ocean, we were quite ready to get OFF the boat and get our feet on solid ground.  So, our first day in Nuku Hiva, Matt put the dinghy together and we went into town to get some dinner.  After getting some […]

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WE DID IT!!! We are in the Marquesas!

May 9th, 2010 · 14 Comments · Famous Firsts, First Mates, Our Route, Pacific Crossing, Passages

AAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHH!!!!  WE MADE IT!!!!!!!  we are in the south pacific and holy smokes, i can’t believe we’re really here. After 25  days at sea. Lord have mercy, I am really really really really really glad to not be moving anymore! I’ve wondered for days now how to write this post.  Honestly, I wish that I […]

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