June 30, 2010
I am not sure if “marooned” is quite the right word, but I do love the alliteration of it all. In any case, the weather has us “stuck” here. It’s really not a bad place to be stuck or marooned or whatever. We were planning on heading back to Tahiti for Brad’s birthday, but since no one seems to moving – no boats are heading on to the western Society Islands and the other boats that were heading back to Tahiti the same as us, we are deciding to just stay put and celebrate Brad’s birthday here.
Here is dramatically beautiful. We are in Opunohu Bay on the leeward (sheltered from the wind) side of Moorea behind a protective barrier reef. The wind has been up and down for the last two days, but the most telling tale were the three boats that tried to leave this morning and turned right around outside the barrier and came back in to re-anchor.
We have been very busy hiking, biking, snorkeling, hanging out with sting rays and some of our cruiser friends. The water here is nice and clean, so Brad has gotten the boat’s bottom washed and scraped off most of the growth. The kids have been spending their last few days with both crews from Totem and Stray Kitty who will both continue west as well as meeting some new friends who will be heading back towards to Tahiti along with us from a boat called Victoria.
Time seems to have really speeded up for us. It is hard to believe that we will be headed for Hawaii in two short weeks. Luckily, we are pretty ready and we are very excited for our crew to arrive shortly before we are aiming to leave in mid-July.
Note from the blogster: We are posting pictures to older blog entries and have most of June’s done and posted, so go back and check ‘em out! -PJ