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Eric Rone
Royal
07/11/2012

Hello All,
Here is "Chandon" sailing out of the anchorage.
I know you are probably overwhelmed with the blog posts. Well, thats how it is. Hit or miss. I happen to be in an extremely remote spot that happens to be able to see a vodafone tower. My life right now is Ok. I miss Amy very much but she will be back soon. I am getting immersed in fijian culture. Which is the point. My friends and I will be filming at the school here tomorrow which will be a highlight. Brooke and I scoped out Taveuni yesterday, which is where I will collect Amy. There will be a funeral on Saturday. A funeral here is a celebration of the persons life. That means: pig gets killed, music gets played, party is had... I cant wait. I am still an outsider but not for much longer. I have made lots of friends and have been invited to every village. I think I will keep my shell art knowledge from them because it has the possability of hurting their reef if they start harvesting shells. It was different in Kiribas because there were only 25 people. I love you all.
Eric

07/12/2012 | Eric's Mom
I never get tired of reading your blog posts, and neither does Dad. (It's one of the first things we check at the end of the day.) :-) Am guessing that there are many more folks looking than writing, so keep the posts coming please. Can't wait to hear more about the school, the children and life in the islands. By the way, good choice not to eat the questionable fish, and I'm glad it survived. Love, Mom
07/13/2012 | Allison
Mom is right: I check it every day! I'll show Ingrid when I get home from work. My bet is the fish will be her favorite picture. She says "blub blub blub" whenever she sees one. Also, she says "girl" whenever we ask her what the baby will be. We'll see if she's right in just 7 weeks!
07/13/2012 | Amy
Miss you too Eric! I can't wait see you and to hear all about the project!
07/13/2012 | Teddy
Hey Eric, I agree with your mom. I never get tired of reading your blog posts either. Although the places and circumstances are completely different, they remind me of my crazy wandering days before home and family. I admire you more than you know! I love your efforts to fit into the culture. Stay safe, Teddy
How we troll
07/11/2012

This is Charlie. He is trolling with me outside the reef outide of Naiviivi Bay. He and his wife Mai live on Cisero On the right in the picture above.

07/11/2012

This fish put up quite a fight. I wish I had something in there for scale. Amy and my Mom know how big that bin is. Trust me... 15lbs. I took it immediatly to my local friends and they were like "No"... I said "Ciguatera?" They didnt know what that meant but I figured better safe than sorry. They told me I wanted trevalley which was what I was after in the first place. I was able to revive her and put her back on her reef.

07/13/2012 | Amy
yes... BIG fish! nice one!
07/13/2012 | Amy
to put it to scale... i've taken a bath in that tub... kind of : )
07/15/2012 | Dane
Hey Eric,

I met you in Rangiroa for about 5 minutes before you sailed off. Just found your blog through Renova, good to see you're still sailing.

I speared one of those, about half that size, incidentally in Rangiroa, just a few weeks ago. Same deal, the locals said, "no..." with grave expressions. Interesting how it's bad in both places. My fish wasn't so easily revived however, with his brains all rearranged by the spear...

-Dane, my blog's at www.cadenceofthesea.com
07/11/2012

Hi Guys,
This is how kids get to school on Qamea. My friend Pita is the "bus" driver and does three trips every morning and three in the afternoon ferrying kids to and from school and their villages.

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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