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O'VIVE PACIFIC CROSSING
A family travels from Florida to New Zealand aboard their St Francis 50 catamaran
Back in the US, Skiing with Amy and Dave.
Nathalie
02/25/2009, Crested Butte, Colorado, USA

We flew back to L. A. then Denver on the 18th of February. It was a long trip (well aprehended by David who hates flying) but the weather was fine and everything went well. We headed towards Crested Butte to visit another kid boat, our sailing friends Amy and Dave (we met them in 2003 in Georgetown, Bahamas). They live in a beautiful ski town far from the beaten track called Crested Butte ( five hours from Denver) and it is a wonderful quiet spot for extreme skiing so we are so excited to see our friends again and ski all together. They are very busy between hockey and skiing (definitely outdoors people who would have loved NZ!). It is fun to ski, hang out and bead (Dionne: Amy is making one of your bead bag, you see, you are famous around the globe!, my Mom in France have the whole bead class doing bead bag now, when they are finished, they will take a picture and e-mail it to you!). A bientot.

02/25/2009 | Phoenix
Welcome back! Look forward to meeting you in the Keys and sharing a few stories. Lynda
02/26/2009 | Pat Reischmann
Now I'm jealous, sail the pacific and then ski the Rockies, you lucky dogs!
03/01/2009 | Jocelyn
i love the pictures! ive been looking almost every day so see if they were up yet! i miss you guys!
03/04/2009 | Dionne
great pictures , miss you guys here!
03/15/2009 | Thierry
Grosses bises à vous tous.
Nous avons beaucoup skié ces derniers temps et pensons à vous souvent.
Les MOULIN
Whangarei, Last Port in New Zealand
Nathalie
02/07/2009

After preparing O'Vive for shipment with Dockwise, we left Auckland and Bayswater marina. We decided to spend those last two weeks in Whangarei where most of the cruising boats of the Pacific crossing 2008 fleet decided to established their base. We found a cute house to rent and we are enjoying some calm time, the kids are catching up with school, I found the most amazing studio to make glass beads with a torch (Emilie and myself took a class we really enjoyed). David is busy putting together a video of the trip, and Alec is back with Jocelyn, his sweetheart from Canada. Malachi is back in town and we enjoyed a nice barbecue at the house last night. We saw one last time Tania and Bern from Upps, it is sad to already begin to say goodbyes. Tin soldier, Candine, lots of familiar boats are getting refitted slowly getting ready for their departure in April. For others like us it is the end of the wave, right here in New Zealand. We are missing Orca III but hopely we will see them one more time before our departure.
Apres les derniers preparatifs d'O'Vive pour son grand voyage de retour sur un Cargo de Dockwise, nous avons quittes Auckland et la marina de Bayswater pour passer nos deux dernieres semaines en NZ a Whangarei.La plupart dfes bateaux avec lesquels nous avons voyage ces derniers mois se trouvent dans cette petite ville ou ils se preparent pour leur prochain depart en Avril. Nous avons trouve une jolie petite maison a louer ou nous nous reposons au calme, les enfants peuvent marcher jusqu'au quai ou Malachi, Tin Soldier, Candine sont amarres. Emilie et Alec travaillent serieusement pour pouvoir prendre un peu de temps libre lorsque nous serons a Crested Butte au ski avec nos amis David et Amy. J'ai trouve un studio de lampwork beads (perles en verre faites a la torche) absolument genialou Emilie et moi avons appris les bases de cet art en un cours de trois heures qui nous a enchantees, si je pouvais trouver un studio comme cela pres de notre maison! David passe pas mal de temps a mettre au point une video de notre aventure.
Notre petite maison a un tres joli jardin avec jacuzzi et barbecue, Malachi est venu diner hier au soir. Nous avons aussi recu Upps, Bern and Tania sont passes , ils etaient en route pour l'ile du sud, c'etait ,bien sur, un peu triste puisque c'est la derniere fois que nous les verrons. Orca III nous manque beaucoup et nous pensons les voir une derniere fois ce week-end.
Whangarei est la fin de l'aventure pour certains, vente du bateau (Hanna, Free Spirit) ou retour du bateau par cargo (Sirene ,Little Wind, O'Vive), ou retour par la mer , un grand voyage en perspective jusqu'au Canada ,Bristish Columbia pour d'autres (Malachi, Orca III, Candine ), d'autres encore continuent vers l'ouest (Aru, Upps), mais nos chemins se separent definitivement...

02/10/2009 | PAOLA
THE ADVENTURE IS ALMOST OVER....Snif, snif OU, super, on rentre a la maison?! Quelle fete on va faire a votre retour. Quand rentrez-vous? Milles bisous, Paola & Phil
02/24/2009 | Genevieve
Comme cela a du etre super d'apprendre cette technique des perles. Toi qui faisait deja des choses magnifiques, j'imagine les nouvelles collections.

Passe une excellente fin de Merveilleuse Aventure.

Bises et a Bientot,

Genevieve
Adrenaline Forest Emilie’s favorite hike…in the trees!!!!
Nathalie
01/22/2009, Christchurch (NZ, South island)

Located near Christchurch, a french guy set up Adrenaline Forest, an amazing zip line across the trees, way up there! This sport began in France in Briancon (Alpes) and there are more than 500 of them in France, This particular one has six levels , higher and higher, and more and more difficult as you go from 1 to 6. I stopped at level 4 (1 and 2 were a piece of cake, 3 OK and 4 took my breath away!!!), David made it to level 5 (he thought he was going to have a hard attack!) and both Emilie and Alec finished Level 6!!!!! They were so high....but of course they absolutly loved it!!!
Juste a cote de Christchurch se trouve un parcours foret et bien sur, les enfants, en mal d'emotions fortes, ont voulu tester ce parcours New Zelandais dans les arbres (un Francais l'a mis au point et en ai le proprietaire). Il y a 6 niveaux, de plus en plus haut et de plus en plus dur! Je suis arrivee tant bien que mal au niveau 4 (niveau 1 et 2 , pas de probleme, 3 ca commence a etre haut et niveau 4 , dur dur!), David a abandonne apres le niveau 5 et les enfants ont fini le niveau 6, ils etaient si haut mais bien sur ils ont adores!!!!

Alec took the plunge
Nathalie
01/17/2009, From Kawarau Bridge , near Queenstown

Yes, Alec did it! He plunged straight down 43m (143 ft) from the first bridge where Bungy Jumping was performed (back in 1988).
He did not hesitate long to take the plunge and Mom was very happy once it was done and over!!!!! He just could not get in New Zealand and pass one of the favorite extreme sport of the Kiwis!!!!
Oui, Alec a saute! Il a plonge tout droit a 43 metres (143 pieds) du tout premier pont ou le bungy Jumping a ete originaire commercialement en 1988. Il n'a pas hesite du tout et Maman etait tres heureuse une fois la chose faite!!! Il n'a pas pu aller en NZ et ne pas sauter en Body Jumping, le sport extreme prefere des Kiwis.

New zealand view of the world! Queenstown perhaps overrated!
Nathalie
01/16/2009, Queenstown, NZ

I just loved this other point of view! Just a question of presentation.
J'adore ce point de vue! Juste une question de presentation!
Queenstown was fine but perhaps overrated, I prefered the quieter town of Wanaka,which is also near a big lake with magnificent mountains as well.
Queenstown etait pas mal mais je prefere Wanaka, plus tranquille et avec un aussi grand lac et de magnifiques montagnes.

01/18/2009 | Morgan
Hey guys! Yesterday we the one year mark. :( we miss you guys so much. I haven't heard from alec in a while, I hope he texts us soon.( I have nearly given up on emilie she just doesn't seem to like us any more. Just kidding) thank you for my shirt by the way, i have already worn it twice. ;) miss you, and love you!!!!

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