Friday, July 24, 2015

Good Bye Society Islands :@( ..... Hello Tonga :@)

Hello Everyone,

Well this is just a quick note to say that we have officially checked out of the French Polynesia and we will be departing today on a 1200 mile passage to Tonga.  We are right now anchored outside of the MaiKai Marina in Bora Bora and have been here for a week.  We have been very busy doing errands and chores getting ready for this passage.  It is the usual week of preparations to make sure the boat is all ready to go.  Provisioning several days trying to hit when the supply ship comes in to get the freshest (if any) fruit and vegetables available... I was able to buy cabbage, lettuce, celery, cucumbers, carrots, eggplant, oranges, apples and pears.... So excited to have something not out of a can... and by the way those were our only options except for bok choy...  Chris has been busy checking off the boat list and changing oils, filters, repairing the clutch in the anchor windless, replacing a hose in the generator so we don't keep grinding out the impellers for our water pump and many other tasks I am not sure about.  Also of course loading up on fuel to last us for a month out there.  Getting all of our interneting done with banking issues, school items.. (yes the kids are still in school and finishing up for this year) and so on...

I was able to take the kids to the dentist here in Bora Bora.  It was great having them all cleaned and checked.  I am happy to report no cavities for the 4 girls and only one for tristan that we already new about in Mexico because a sealant had fallen out.  All in all the experience was great and he could get us all in the next day and it was less than $300 for all the work to be done.  Not quite the same thoroughness in the cleaning process as we have come to be used to with our amazing friend and dentist at home Dr. Mori (the kids really miss you guys by the way!)

We were able to haul the boat out in Raiatea and have some minor maintenance done.  We had changed out our ruder bushings, oil seal change in the port engine and some touch ups on the bottom of the boat.  The guys at Raiatea Caranage were amazing, thorough and really went out of their way to try and fit us in before our visa expired.  They were always smiling and having a good time while they worked and most of them have worked in the boat yard for over 15 years.  Really great work.

We will miss the Society Islands a lot and have really enjoyed out time here.  There are certain islands that really open their arms for the cruisers and then there are a small few that aren't quite as welcoming but still overall a very good experience.  They are truly beautiful with their deep purple blue waters in the lagoons, lush tropical forests, white sandy beaches, crystal clear turquoise waters and picturesque sunsets and the people are incredibly beautiful with always a smile to welcome you.  You can really feel the warmth of their spirit and the true sense of family and loyalty amongst all of them.  I just can't quite capture the variety of shades of blues we have seen over the last 3 months... it still astounds me every time we come into new waters...  Just look at a blue raspberry slushy and then image floating around in it for miles and miles...

Here we go on to chase more sunsets....... a new adventure awaits us in the Kingdom of Tonga.

Hugs and love to all,


1 comment:

  1. Good morning, how are you?

    My name is Emilio, I am a Spanish boy and I live in a town near to Madrid. I am a very interested person in knowing things so different as the culture, the way of life of the inhabitants of our planet, the fauna, the flora, and the landscapes of all the countries of the world etc. in summary, I am a person that enjoys traveling, learning and respecting people's diversity from all over the world.

    I would love to travel and meet in person all the aspects above mentioned, but unfortunately as this is very expensive and my purchasing power is quite small, so I devised a way to travel with the imagination in every corner of our planet. A few years ago I started a collection of used stamps because through them, you can see pictures about fauna, flora, monuments, landscapes etc. from all the countries. As every day is more and more difficult to get stamps, some years ago I started a new collection in order to get traditional letters addressed to me in which my goal was to get at least 1 letter from each country in the world. This modest goal is feasible to reach in the most part of countries, but unfortunately, it is impossible to achieve in other various territories for several reasons, either because they are very small countries with very few population, either because they are countries at war, either because they are countries with extreme poverty or because for whatever reason the postal system is not functioning properly.

    For all this, I would ask you one small favor:
    Would you be so kind as to send me a letter by traditional mail from Tonga? I understand perfectly that you think that your blog is not the appropriate place to ask this, and even, is very probably that you ignore my letter, but I would call your attention to the difficulty involved in getting a letter from that country, and also I don’t know anyone neither where to write in Tonga in order to increase my collection. a letter for me is like a little souvenir, like if I have had visited that territory with my imagination and at same time, the arrival of the letters from a country is a sign of peace and normality and an original way to promote a country in the world. My postal address is the following one:

    Emilio Fernandez Esteban
    Calle Valencia, 39
    28903 Getafe (Madrid)

    If you wish, you can visit my blog where you can see the pictures of all the letters that I have received from whole World.

    Finally, I would like to thank the attention given to this letter, and whether you can help me or not, I send my best wishes for peace, health and happiness for you, your family and all your dear beings.

    Yours Sincerely

    Emilio Fernandez