Friday, July 31, 2009

Happy Birthday to my nieces Carmen and Kelsey this week, July 26 and July 30th,respectively!
We spent the last week in Rangiroa. A very relaxing place. As I mentioned, crystal clear water. Mike and I got in the water to clean the hull. Lot’s of laying in the sun too. Just [...]

The Tuamotu Atolls – by Gary Dawson

Well we made it to Rangiroa Atoll without anything else going wrong. What a beautiful place this is. It is totally different than the Marquesas Islands which are very Mountainous. These are coral atolls, no hills, highest point 35’. It is hard to describe an Atoll but basically it is an Island with the center [...]

Tuesday, July 21, 2009 – Rangiroa, French Polynesia

We arrived in Rangiroa yesterday late afternoon. We had to change course due to the problems we encountered with our Starboard sail drive (a.k.a. boat transmission). This island is the second largest atoll in the world. It is 40 miles long an 17 miles wide at the widest point. The population is [...]

Friday Departures – by Gary Dawson

Well, well, well here we are at sea again. We left on a Friday!! Old sea lore says “never leave on a Friday for a sea voyage”. Well we did and guess what?? We won’t do it again.
Let’s see, it started out OK, nice winds, blue sky, mild seas, only a 3 day 500 mile [...]

The Marquesas Week 2 – Gary Dawson

The Marquesas Week2
Mike and Marnie did make it back on Monday so all is back to normal. All in all it has been a quiet week. We took a short trip to another bay on Nuku Hiva Island called Hakatea Bay and it was absolutely beautiful. We stayed two nights and one day took a [...]

Thursday, July 16, 2009

We spent the last several days on the island of Nuku Hiva in Marquesas. Baie de Taiohae is a main harbor with a small town where we spent most of our time. We found this harbor to have lots of sea life. A few days ago we had a 5ft Hammerhead shark come [...]

Friday, July 10, 2009

Here we are back on the boat. While Mike and I returned to Colorado for a week to take care of some business and catch up with some family, Gary enjoyed sailing and touring a few more of the Marquesas Islands. He went to Ua Pou, Atuona, Tahuata and Nuku-Hiva. Mike and [...]

Catching up on Gary’s last two columns…..

The Marquesas
A Week Alone
For the first time in a long time ( a year) I went to church, to thank the forces to be for a great week and a safe one. Of course I did not understand anything and could not sing as it was all in French. But the Islanders singing was beautiful.
I [...]

Sunday, July 5, 2009

Mike and I are heading back to French Polynesia today. We will arrive sometime Monday. We really enjoyed seeing our family members in Denver. I was able to download some pictures finally so hope you enjoy. I will begin updating the website once I return…Stay tuned. Love to all.