Pacific Crossing 2010-11
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
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
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
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
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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