Monday, June 13, 2016

New Caledonia....or Bust!

Hello Everyone,

We are in Port Villa dotting our I's and crossing our T's and waiting for our next weather window to sail off into the sunset.  Our next passage is 350 miles or about 2 and half days and now after 18months... seems like nothing.  Don't get me wrong I am still wanting low swells, favorable winds and fair skies... I love moonlight at night and sun in the day but with that said at least for this passage my nerves are not acting up.

We will probably be leaving Tuesday afternoon around 4ish and heading out unless we here or see that we should wait until Wednesday or Thursday.

Vanuatu has been amazing... to fast unfortunately, but I feel that we have come and conquered and seen everything that we wanted and that was on our list.... the only thing that we missed was the water dance the women put on at one of the resorts up in Santo but we just couldn't hang around anylonger and our window to come back to Port Villa was a beautiful one... motoring the whole way with no current or crazy wind waves making our trip unbearable... that passage is known to be miserable and most people need to pick their window or direction carefully and travel inbetween the islands over a few weeks just to make headway back down this direction... so we were definitely lucky with our overnight here.

I wanted to get some pictures up on the blog of some of our play times after the land diving... Not much can top that experience, just thinking about it starts the butterflies in my stomach.  We have filled the time going to a few blue holes that Santo is known for... having some sunset drinks, watching for turtles, snorkeling, diving the wreck of the Coolidge, and posting mail in an underwater mailbox, watching the vanuatu fire show again... all just silly stuff except for the dive and playing around.   Tonight they have a little circus show where they kids can participate and then we will head over to the marina and get our last minute things checked before we set sail.

Coolidge Dive.....


 Having a tea party under water... Cheers!

Alexia Photo Bomb with the rabbit ears behind Tristan... 

Blue holes off of Oyster Island Resort and Ratua Island, Espiritu Santo, Jungle ride up the rivers ...

Amaia playing banana games.... Greek and Roman words... Papou would have been so proud.

Girls playing a quiet game so we can have our morning coffee... 

 Super large banyan tree with a swing hanging from the branch.  Alexia is climbing the ladder with the rope to swing into the the fresh water...

Underwater mailbox at the Hideaway Resort on Hideaway Island, Port Villa.

This was a silly thing but was fun to do.  We missed out at the post box at the volcano on Tanna so we thought this would be fun and since we are here.  We all got post cards and the kids addressed and mailed them.  They are waterproof cards that you write on in Pencil and then you go and put them in the box.  The guys will collect them, dry them out, then trace over your letters and mail them for you.

Again, another photo bomb by lexi... she is so silly.  Tristan didn't even know that she did that until he saw the picture... Hee Hee

Amaia had found this little guy she named "Bob" at the Oyster Island Resort.  She had lost him in her hair before we left for the evening and we thought maybe he had just jumped off.  Maybe  NOT.....

She actually found him 2 days later after our passage down to port vila.  We were just relaxing after our overnight passage and she had just woken up and was laying in bed and found him under some stuffed animals by her pillow.... you just can't make this stuff up.  Bob is still a happy camper on our boat.  I was cleaning the boat to show it the other day and I found him in Alexia's room.  So fun to run across him occasionally.

Hope all is well with everyone,

Hugs and Love,


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