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My Brother Don's Birthday

It's my brother Don's birthday today!

My sons Troy, Derek and Sean along with Bobby Lewis and me have shared birthdays with uncle Don during summer adventures. Here's a couple pictures recalling birthdays '05 in Alaska and '03 in Quetico. You might notice he REALLY likes the party hats, so if you're ever with Don on his birthday, don't forget the hats!


Sunday, July 8, 2007 - Rainy Day in Papeete
07/08/2007, Papeete, Tahiti, French Polynesia

It was a good day for boat projects and generally staying under cover because of numerous rain showers which, at times, were very heavy. In fact the water in the harbor has a brown tint on account of runoff from the hills. There is nothing more to report. Maybe tomorrow will be more exciting.

Saturday, July 7, 2007 - Arrival in Papeete
07/07/2007, Papeete, Tahiti, French Polynesia

Sand Dollar completed the passage from Huahine to Tahiti this morning and dropped anchor amidst about 100 other sailboats in Papeete Harbor. The passage was mostly a motorboat trip but I was able to sail the last 1/3rd, about 35 miles. Now it is R& R until I catch up on lost sleep.

Friday, July 6, 2007 - Finally Underway
07/06/2007, en route to Tahiti, French Polynesia

The weather is now cooperating, sort of. The swell is way down but there is no wind. I departed Huahine early this AM for the 110 mile sail to Tahiti and should arrive sometime early Sat. morning. At the present time I am about half way there and have been motoring the entire time. At least the batteries are getting charged.

Yesterday's report was returned by the postmaster for some unknown reason. There must be a problem at the central server. It certainly could not be on my end! I've re-submitted so we'll see what happens.

Thursday, July 5, 2007 - Island Tour
07/05/2007, Huahine, French Polynesia

Today I rented a car and toured the island covering a total of about 50 miles. The vegetation is very lush and the terrain mountainous. I did not stop at the ubiquitous pearl farm. The weather is forecast to improve so I may be leaving for Tahiti tomorrow morning.

Wednesday, July 4, 2007 - Happy Fourth of July
07/04/2007, Huahine, French Polynesia

Last night the wind blew very hard in the anchorage, up to 30 knots, which means I did not sleep very sound. This is actually a good thing. If Sand Dollar is going to drag her anchor I don't want to sleep through it. The 35 lb. CQR anchor is down 90 ft. with a 3/1 scope (anchor line-to-depth ratio) and is holding just fine on a mud bottom. Today I rented a car and brought some provisions to the boat. Tomorrow I will tour the island while waiting for the weather to improve. All else is well onboard. I'm sorry the Kiwis lost their attempt at the cup.

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