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Fly heaven
rob
03/21/2012, Solomons , Rendova I, Husuzo Harbor

We have found fly Nirvana here in the Solomons. They have the sweetest happiest flies in the world here. They love haoles. They fly right up to us and kiss us all over. They crawl all over us cleaning off our dead skin and gooey cuts . They clean up our leftovers . They arrive in groups of 20 or 30 no matter how far we anchor off shore. Johnboy considers this to be a symbiotic relationship. No matter how many we kill, they just keep coming to bring us love and kisses. Tetepare takes the prize, but Rendova is a close second. And yes, I'm going a little crazy over them too. We tried to help control the population, but they reproduce here at an incredible rate. We killed @500 flies today and 300 yesterday. I think I blogged about our hike already. We couldn't afford to stay any longer at Tetepare. Did some snorkeling. Then, We got all three anchors up without too much trouble ,and had a beautiful tight hauled sail here with 15-17 k wind. This is a well protected harbor, has a nice crocodile lagoon here. I tried but couldn't connect on SSB last PM. Hope to make Munda tomorrow.

Crocodile lake
rob
03/19/2012, Solomons , Tetepare I

After putting out a stern anchor to keep us lined up with the swells and off the coral heads, Johnboy and I went to shore where we met the sweet Layla who helped us with the dinghy and showed us the path to the famous crocodile lake . 3 hours later after a rather vigorous hike over the hills to the opposite side of the island, we returned and John charmed Layla into selling us tomatoes, egg plant ,capsicums , bananas, peppers and popos. Hot dog! We r set for another 2 days. Can't afford to stay here any longer so will head the 40 nm to Munda tomorrow, Lulu, no answer from Bob Mcdavitt. Aware of ration container

ultimate hAPPINESS!
rob
03/19/2012, Solomons , Tetepare I

After fighting flys all day yesterday, today, I decided to finally attack the painfully slow draining toilet in the aft Head. I'm sure my brother David remembers the trouble he had with the toilet when we were in St Thomas. I kept denying it, telling him his poop were too big, but finally figured out in St. Lucia that the hose from the toilet to the holding tank was plugged up. It took 2 men climbing over each other 2 hours to change the hose which then leaked and had to be 5200 'ed in . It was reluctantly, that I attacked the hose from the tank side. It was amazing how thick and hard the clog was. There was only a pencil sized hole in the middle of the 1 1/2 in ID hose. I scraped and gouged for an hour removing an incredible amount of foul material. Johnboy was about to puke . Eureka! It works again! Yeah ! I'm so Happy! We arrived at the eco site on the NW corner of the island to find out they charge yachts SBD$ 500. per day and $50. per person as "Kustom "fee. Since we were only 2 people, they cut us a little slack and only charged us $500. for two days. Going hiking tomorrow.

Fly invasion
rob
03/18/2012, Solomons , Tetepare I

it rained all morning delaying our departure, We finally got both anchors up and left at 0930 from Wickham. We caught a nice skipjack tuna, a barracuda, and a beautiful king fish before we got out of Nono lagoon. Arrived at "Picnic" Island ( 2 coconut trees - I is @ 100ft long just off Tetepare) after our nice breeze which lasted about 30 mins died out. We found a rather poor anchorage in coral with a steep drop off from 20-50 ft. But its too late in the day 1600 to try to make another similarly poor anchorage around the NW end of the Island Tetepare so decided to stay here. Johnboy started cleaning the fish when a swarm of about 300 flys attacked us. We fought them valiantly until dark. I set a new record of three double fly kills. I went into my bathroom at dusk and found about 40 flys on the wall, so pulled out the big guns ( flying insect spray ) and slaughtered them mercilessly. John made an excellent dinner of brown rice, fish, avocado,etc. Hope to find the other anchorage tomorrow.

strange noises
rob
03/15/2012, Solomons,Marovo Lagoon, Wickham Pass

So, I'm in bed at @ 0200 when I hear this sudden horrendous noise from right behind my head. At first, I thought the fan had exploded, but no it was still working. I jumped up and turned on the lights thinking perhaps the electrical system had exploded and there would be no power but there was no smell of burning cords and everything was working. So you're right, the valve on the aluminum dive tank had failed and the air had suddenly escaped in mass. Really scary,though short lived. One of my 5 gal buckets disappeared today, must have fallen off one night. Oh well, I don't like doing laundry anyway. Probably forgot to tie it on.. we are anchored on a steep sand hill which goes from 50 ft to 6 ft in about three boat lengths. No problem, except a line of hard coral starts just after that. It looked a bit shallow today during one of our many squalls, so being on a lee shore , I thought I better check the depth. 6.5 ft! oops. So Johnboy and I spent the next hour putting out a second anchor and pulling us out to 20 ft depth. Glad we did too, the current squall has us at 10 ft depth Think I'll pull the # 2 anchor in a bit more when it stops raining. Hope u guys r having as much fun as we r.

fish!
rob
03/15/2012, Solomons,Marovo Lagoon, Wickham Pass

We're almost out of fresh food but we have tons of fish and coconuts. Chef Johnboy has become an extraordinarily imaginative cook designing all sorts of tasty treats. We ran out of his favorite Oatmeal plus quinoa despite my frequent comments that our oatmeal supply was dwindling since we have it almost daily. You can't find so many things we take for granted . No butter, no boxed milk, no eggs. I can't make any of Guy's famous breakfast loaf. Luckily you don't need butter or eggs to make white bread so super bread baker cpt. Yapp made more beautiful bread. We had king fish inside huge pieces of bread with a little mayo for lunch. Awesome! We finally have found a place where we aren't being tortured by carvers who won't go away. I gave the new small swim suit Lulu bought at savers to this nice young fellow who brought us 6 coconuts. I'm out of rum, so drinking vodka and coconut water at happy hour (which is really quite good.) In Mbili, I Traded both old cameras , a dive mask, my nice shogun knife and my single flipper(lost the other one in Fiji). His wife insisted on a bush knife( machete to you guys) but we compromised on my best cooking knife. For that, I got this beautiful Kerosene wood turtle and a monster octopus carving. For my mom, I traded Lulu's nice brown roxy shorts , some paint and SBD$200. for this incredible walking stick. Its kind of heavy, so I hope she can handle it. If not, we can always hang it on the wall. Tomorrow we rest here another day, and then make the 40 nm crossing to Tetepare I which is a nature preserve where we will stay a few days.

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