Pacific Crossing 2010-11

April Pictures





Our first morning was a Sunday and we went to church. Wonderful singing










After church, we went to Sopi's house to trade for fish, pampelmouse, and oranges. Afterwards,  Sopi's son wanted to see the boat.












Next day off to a waterfall at the base of the peak in the distance










After 22 days at sea the landscape was quite a contrast










Ragged peaks










Lush vegetation










Frequent rest stops for out of shape legs










We made it!










This Fatu Hiva waterfall and one we will visit on Nuku Hiva are the two biggest in the Marquesas










British, Finn, and American lunch selections after our swim










Marquesan Flora












Pampelmouse everywhere










The only commercial building in town. Very basic grocery store.










Back from our waterfall trip and at the center of activity, the dock 






More afternoon colors from our anchorage


















Off for a hike with Quicksilver to view the harbor from on high










The waterfall viewed on our hike up










More unusual rock formations










We made it to the top and looked down to the harbor










Mike from Quicksilver and Amy enjoying the view










Spectacular flora 










Traditional craft on the hard.  Tiki in the background.










Our pig roast day....coconut milk being prepared









The main ingredient











German cruiser Michael, in the black hat, was the roast organizer. When not a party planner he's a roaming dentist in the Marquesas and Tuamotus










The stones had been heating up in the pit for six hours










I chatted with Rene and Helga  from the Austrian sailboat Amigo.  We have mutual friends on s/v Cayenne.










We didn't know it here but Alex and Carolina were to be the stars of our evening's entertainment










Mike and Graham talk alternators











Veggies and pork ready for cooking











The rocks were ready










Carolina, Alex, Hilde and I supervising the pit










All loaded. We would return in six hours.










Walking back to the boat we stopped at the cemetery










Happy kittens










Mike and Hilde's boat's name as graffiti










A roadside shrub of pepper










Back for the opening










Time to eat










The party begins.  Avril and Hilde greet two of the more colorful attendees. 










Amy's costume was a little less involved











Everyone having a good time










The day's cooks became the evening's entertainers.










Carolina getting ready to do her thing










Just wait a few years










Hilde and Desiree, Carolina's mother, giving it their all










2 days later, atoning on Palm Sunday on the island of Tuahato










From the village center the procession lead to the church and service










Our Oleander Palms










Our first Pacific storm. Two days of wind and rain in Vaitahu, Tahuata










Sunset of day 2 the rain stopped










So much outflow that the bay turned brown












Hanamoenoa Bay, Tahuata. One of most picturesque spots in the Marquesas








Our next destination, Hiva Oa










Great beam reach across Bordelais Channel to Hiva Oa










You can almost visualize the lava flowing down to the sea to form Hiva Oa










Our first anchorage on Hiva Oa, Hanamenu, is described as anchoring inside the Grand Canyon










Right after anchoring, a small boat hailed us at the head of the bay asking for some assistance after running out of gas.
They reciprocated with some pampelmousse. 









Afternoon colors in the canyon










The fleet at Hanamenu










Before the Spanish and disease over 2000 people lived in the small village of Hanamenu










All that is left now are the old foundations










Pericles, Shango, Minerva, and Sarah Jean ll










Cooling off after our hike










MarieJo and her husband offered to host a pot luck Easter dinner.










MarieJo's husband Jean doing the fish grilling










All the activity didn't bother this guy








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