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Eric Rone
And this...
07/09/2012, Preston WA

This was taken a few days ago by a trail camera in my grandma's backyard in Preston Washington.

07/11/2012 | Eric
Context... right. This is exactly where I have played when I was a boy. My Grandmother, Verna's, house is in the background. She once hit a bear with a garbage can. The bear was after her suet bird feeder and she faught it and chased it off with her weapon.
07/11/2012 | Eric
So... How did your Grandma die?
"she got attacked by a bear"
Oh man... what was she doing?
"She was attacking it with a grabage can"
Eh?
"Yeah my grandma is tough"
07/13/2012 | Allison
Thankfully, this was not the bear that Grandma attacked with the garbage can! Mom said it was slightly smaller. Not that it makes her any less tough, but I shudder to think what would happen if she got up in this bear's face like that...
Qamea
Eric
07/09/2012, Naiviivi Bay

What a difference it makes getting out of town. Ive been stuck in several towns around the world for various reasons. Waiting for mail, weather, people, boatwork, ect. From now on I will endeavour to spent as little time in town as possible. Amy and I spent several weeks in Savu Savu waiting for a weather window to get East to the Lau Group. It was great and we had lots of fun hanging out with friends and seeing the town. However most of those friends were cruisers and only a few were Fijians. Here in Naiviivi Bay on the Island of Qamea I am with the Fijians. It was hard sailing to get here but worth it. The bay is more or less a hurricane hole, and the island and reef are beautiful. I am here with my friend Bill on Solstice, and have made some cool new friends too. Cirus, Brooke and Lauren are professional crew on a big swan. They are super cool and high energy. They already knew 10,000, a.k.a Farkle which is a favorite dice game of mine. They surf, and dive, and are super keen on interacting with the locals. All of which is great for me because it is way more fun and easier to do those things in a posse rather than by myself. The other thing that they do is educational outreach. It is highly respectable. They travel around and go to the schools in different countrys. Brooke talks to the teachers and the kids have a day where they get filmed teaching something that they have learned or something from their culture. Then they take that media and teach other kids with it. It empowers the kids, and some kids in places like America get quite a suprise and an experience being taught by kids in remote third world schools. You can check them out at www.traveloutreach.org, though Brooke says she has been slacking on the website. I know how that goes. I was inspired to give something back too and will be teaching people how to make the Kauri shell art that I learned how to make in Kiribati. They have the same shells here and I think it would make a difference to add a handicraft to the villages repertoire. Thats it for now. We will be filming at the school on friday so Ill give a report on that.
Cheers
Eric

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06/30/2012

Hello all,
It is Sunday morning in Fiji. Amy is cooking breakfast and i am thinking about how much I am going to miss her when she is gone on her visit home. She is catching the ferry for suva tonight and it will be the first time we have been apart since April. Yesterday was dinghy sailing. I again had a blast. I brought my own boat and was able to do some on the water coaching as the RC boat has to stay put to run races. In the morning I took the lasers by myself which was really fun. We practiced sailing without our rudders as it was light air. They got a kick out of watching me do it and got the hang of it right away. Peter (in green sleeved rashguard) was the best. I put them through all the drills that I grew up with in Tacoma and they were really keen to get the attention and different style of coaching. Two reporters from the Fiji times were there doing a story on the program and Tim and I got interviewed as the guest instructors.
There is a weather window on tuesday to get south and I am really going to miss Savu Savu and coaching sailing on Saturday.

07/02/2012 | gretchen
want to sail Yale Lake this weekend? We'll let you sleep-rap and everything! (I'm serious... looking for a third....)
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Finn (in Opti) and Sam have sailed all the way here from the UK with their dingheys on the deck of their yacht. They go out sailing almost every day by themselves and it is very nice for the Fijians to get two extra boats in their fleet on Saturday.

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06/30/2012 | Eric Rone
towing in for lunch
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06/25/2012

Savu Savu harbour.

06/28/2012 | Eric's Dad
Fantastic report and great photo's. Are you sure that pix in the wool hats wasn't a summer in the Pacific Northwest? You are both amazingly adventurous and great ambassadors. All your blog fans can say is (to quote your niece Ingrid) more more!
06/25/2012

Secret Agent Man sailing out of the harbour on a mission out to the reef for snorkeling and to check out "Cousteux's Resort". This is only the second picture of my boat under sail from the whole trip. It is very rare to get one and I must credit my friend Bill on "Solstice" for the photo.

06/29/2012 | Ryan
Sweet!

Hey man, lost your sailmail address. Autumn and I bought a boat - hope for a rendesvous with you somewhere in the South Pacific in the next few years!

Brad and I are doing Vic Maui which starts July 7th. Check our blog out if you get wifi... http://svdoubletake.wordpress.com/
06/25/2012

Jammin with friends at the "Copra Shed", a local cruiser's hang out. We ended up getting two more musicians on guitar, and our local Fijian friend "Apeli" ripping on the Uke.

06/25/2012

Radio time at sea. Here, I am having breakfast as I listen to the weather and prepare to check in on the "Rag of the Air" SSB net in the morning. I must admit that my radio scheds are my favorite times of the day. When I am single handing it is so nice to talk to people every day. And participating in the Pacific Seafairer's Net is a major reason for a yachtie to get their ham radio licence before you leave. I have friends who I have never seen but could recognize their voice in a heartbeat. (Calling home with a radio phone patch is a huge perk too. Thanks WA6TLL, Tom in Riverside CA)

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