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Don & Deb's Big Adventure on Buena Vista
On our way to the South Pacific and beyond...
Taoihae, The Main Town
04/29/2012, Taiohae, Nuka Hiva, French Polynesia

Quite a shock to pull into this bay and see all of the other boats anchored here. And people. And cars, the place is full of Toyotas. It's pretty though, the center of an ancient volcanic crater, it's surrounded by huge cliffs and lush growth everywhere. And tikis...what's with the big eyes?

It's Good To Have Friends (With Baguettes)
04/29/2012, Taiohae, Nuka Hive, French Polynesia

What a nice welcome. Mark and Vicki on 'Southern Cross' stopped by to say hi and deliver a nice fresh baguette. Mark sailed here with two other guys and Vicki flew in from California to meet up with him here (smart girl). She brought our sail repair material in for us. Many thanks, Vicki. What a nice person and a good friend.

Time to Sail On
04/27/2012, Anaho Bay, Nuka Hiva, Marquesas, French Polynesia

We've been in Anaho (illegally) for a week now. It's time to sail around the island to the main town of Taiohae and go through the 'check in' process with the french gendarme. Goodbye Anaho, thanks.

Tough to Leave This Pretty Place
04/27/2012, Anaho Bay, Nuka Hiva, Marquesas, French Polynesia

We're so happy we made landfall here in Anaho Bay. I forgot to add that the swimming here was wonderful too. There's a small coral reef just this side of the point which had a hundred different kinds of tropical fish. I've got to get my underwater camera rig going for next time. We've seen sea turtles poking there heads up at us and Don saw a big manta ray swim by when he was cleaning the boat.

The Reward
04/26/2012, Anaho Bay, Nuka Hiva, Marquesas, French Polynesia

A beautiful rainbow just over there. HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO MY DEAR FRIEND ARLENE. I LOVE YOU AND HOPE YOU HAVE A WONDERFUL BIRTHDAY.

A New Friend
04/26/2012, Anaho Bay, Nuka Hiva, Marquesas, French Polynesia

This is Jacob. He's a member of one of the eight families who live in this area. A very nice kid, he was pretty impressed when Don showed him the chart which has our track coming all the way from Mexico. He said he's finished with school - I got the impression he'd like to make a living selling pakalolo. I told him he should consider growing watermelon instead. We talked a bit about the weather here in Nuka Hika and in his broken english he said, "It Rains Often" and just then the sky opened up.

A Walk Around the Bay
04/25/2012, Anaho Bay, Nuka Hiva, Marquesas, French Polynesia

On the way back we stop at the church and pray for more energy to get all these bags of fruit back to the boat. After being chilled in the reefer (boat refrigerator) the watermelon was just incredible. We later find watermelon for sale in the town of Taiohae. 2000 xpf ($20 US dollars) for a medium watermelon. I guess the price goes up when it's delivered by horseback. Sure glad we bought our fruit here.

Dropping In On The Farm
04/25/2012, Anaho Bay, Nuka Hiva, Marquesas, French Polynesia

We asked (in our best french...) if they had any bananas. The little old man grabs machete and takes off into the jungle. In a few minutes he returns with a bunch...a huge bunch right off the tree. They tie a rope on one end and with Don's help too they hoist it up over the rafter of the shed.

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