Living the Dream

08 August 2013 | Marina Village
07 April 2013
25 December 2012 | Our Marina
25 November 2012 | San Clemente Island
03 September 2012 | Mission Bay
06 May 2012 | National City
24 December 2011 | Pier 32 Marina
24 November 2011 | Two Harbors, Catalina Island
23 October 2011 | Longshadow Winery - Temecula
05 September 2011 | Mission Bay
12 August 2011 | Hoag Hospital, Newport Beach
22 July 2011 | Two Harbors
09 July 2011 | Santa Cruz Island
04 July 2011 | Channel Islands Harbor
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19 December 2010 | Pier 32 Marina
25 November 2010 | Mariner's Cove - Mission Bay
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28 August 2010
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We Did It!

08 August 2013 | Marina Village
Sally Vienna
A big thank you to who came to help us celebrate this fabulous day. We couldn't have asked for it to go any better or be any more beautiful!

Spring Break 2013!

07 April 2013
We can't believe it is already spring and the month of April! It's getting scary how fast time is zipping by. Our two week break has gone way too fast as well, but we got some time in away from the dock, so guess we can't complain too much!

We started out with a fun visit from Jeff and Kathi from Bold Spirit. They left their boat in Fiji for another season and flew home to spend time in the states. We are so happy they stopped by San Diego so we could get together. We spent a couple of nights on the hook in Glorietta Bay rafted with John and Renee on Rubicon (formerly from Scarlett O'Hara). It felt like we were back out there cruising. Notice the Hotel Del in the background of our picture!

After a night in Mission Bay, we headed out to San Clemente Island to get some diving in, but 30 minutes after we got anchored, the Navy asked us to leave because they were going to be doing live fire practice. What we could say?!! So we decided to give up on the diving and head to Catalina. The water was too cold anyhow - not very inviting! We spent a couple of days in Avalon, then went to Two Harbors. We were surprised at how empty is was. We thought there would be a bunch of people out for Easter, but other than the weekend days, it was very quiet. We met a very nice couple (Kathy and Jeshua) who hiked the entire island from Avalon to Two Harbors. It was fun hearing about their adventures and we played some pool together at the Harbor Reef. From Catalina, we headed over to Dana Point for a couple of days, then down to Oceanside, and then back home. It feels good to be back - now we need a vacation from vacationing!

Merry Christmas!

25 December 2012 | Our Marina
Merry Christmas! We hope everyone is having a fantastic day filled with lots of love and laughter!
Vessel Name: The Dorothy Marie
Vessel Make/Model: Endeavor 43
Hailing Port: San Diego
Crew: Glen Vienna and Sally Houston
The Dorothy Marie's Photos - Album 11 - Niuatoputapu and Samoa
Photos 1 to 120 of 120 | Living the Dream (Main)
One of the waterfront fales you could stay at while visiting Savai
In the Falealupo Rainforest, there is a beautiful 225 year old banyan tree that has a narrow stairway built to climb up.  At the 9m mark, there is a rope bridge that connects from this tree to another 24m away.
Thank goodness the canopy walkway bridge was closed for repairs - I didn
The view from the top platform was beautiful!
Getting back down the stairs was a little scary - they are very steep and it started raining pretty hard!
It was common to see locals walking down the road carrying their loads on a bamboo pole!
Just another beautiful view of the Savai
"Hi there!  Aren
"My family and I just love eating papaya!  The visitors that come to see us can swim with us as well as feed us, but the water is pretty murky so Glen and Sally decided to enjoy us from the bank!"
"We come to the surface to breathe and to get a better look at our strange visitors walking around on two legs!"
Glen walking up one of the lava flow trails.  Between 1905 and 1911, Mt. Matavanu on Savai
In Sale
This one is taken from the back side of the church - it was up to 2 meters thick as it flowed through the doors and windows.
One of the many colorful buses of Samoa!  Notice the woven baskets of coconuts in the back!
Glen taking a nice dip in the pool at the Afu Aau waterfall!  It was really pretty!
Getting a closer look!  Afu Aau Falls is down a very bumpy dirt and rock road.  As is the custom in Samoa, we first had to stop and pay the village people a few tala to enter their land.
Alofaaga blowholes!  There are several lava chasms in the area that blow seawater tens of meters into the air.  There was a man there trying to make money by throwing coconuts into the holes so visitors could see them get shot back out!
Our little rental car!  To be able to see much of Savai
A typical home on Savai
Yikes!  Many boats were thrown up on shore - luckily in Samoa, no cruising boats were damaged.  In American Samoa, however, several were destroyed and all of the 15 in the Pagopago anchorage were damaged.
These photos were taken by Nick and Tory who were crewing on Kalalau.
It was a nice new SUV!
The devastation has been amazing - these poor people.
The buses in Samoa are all painted with bright colors and fun designs.  They are also almost always crowded!
Part of the vegetable market in Apia.  The Samoans LOVE their taro!
A beautiful banyan tree along our walk from the marina to the main part of town!
Glen had a great time playing with Afa, a wonderful singer and guitar player.  He ended up playing at the Wildfire Restaurant several times and he and Afa had an incredible chemistry.
Glen with Colin, the owner of the Wildfire, and Afa.  Colin was very generous with the beer and wine while Glen played and gave us a couple of bottles to take with us!
Our new friend Tammy and her cute cousin, Jordan.  We had fun with Tammy and she was a big help with local information.
This shows how many of the homes in Samoa are very open.  There is usually just this one big room which holds everything from refrigerators and TVs to sleeping mats or beds.  They do not lock and only have coconut frond mats to cover the windows in case of heavy rain.  When asked about theft, we are told there isn
Robert Louis Stevenson
This is where the Stevenson family did most of their bathing and laundry!
The Stevenson tomb is at the top of a steep hill overlooking Apia.
The view of Apia harbor from up top of Mt. Vaea - by the Stevenson tomb.
Apia Harbor looking from the city side out.  The marina is in the little corner by the main wharf!
Glen swimming in the fresh water pool at Fatumea Caves.  The pool leads into a cave and then you swim underwater through a tunnel into a second cave.  Glen was the only one from our group to do it!
Fagaloa Bay on the northeast side of the island.  There were reports that the waves hit here as well.
This ivy covered palm tree reminded me of something out of Fantasia!  The Disney illustrators must be well traveled! :)
Glen and his shipmate from the USS Hamner, George Hill!
This is the Sea Breeze Resort.  The water in its lagoon was crystal clear.  Unfortunately, this was one of the areas hit the hardest and we have been told there is nothing left.
The white blob on top of this little island is a tomb for the chiefs of this part of Samoa.  It is right by the Sea Breeze resort and we are happy to hear it was not harmed.
A lovely beach along the southeast part of the island of
Glen has gotten really good at playing native rhythms on their dug out drums.  He has a smaller version he is bringing home as a souvenir from Tahiti!
Giant bamboo!
We found it very interesting how thick the walls of the bamboo are - had always thought it was fairly thin.
These are old outrigger canoes that had been carved and painted - they were beautiful!
Although this house isn
Togitogogiga Water Fall.  Not as dramatic, but still pretty!  It is in a recreational reserve.
Looking down from the top!
Boys will be boys!  :)  The other man is Ernie from Lauren Grace.
While the city of Apia seems very modern in S. Pacific terms, many of the outlaying areas are still somewhat primitive.

***We doubt this house is still there - it was right near the beach on the south side of the island.
Outside of Apia, most people live in family oriented villages, called nu
Sadly, this village is probably no longer there - at least not in the same way we saw it.
A couple of work boats!
The Papapapai-tai water fall isn
The Baha
This shows where the eight Baha
The Fiafia show at the Aggie Grey hotel started with the traditional sounding of the conch.
The women were beautiful and very subdued in their dancing.  Many of their moves looked "geisha" inspired.
OOh, la, la! The men in the show were a lot more lively with their dancing.  It
This is Aggie Grey, Jr.!  She is the granddaughter of the original and very much a part of running the hotel.  She came up and danced the last "act" of the show.
Aggie Grey
The grounds of Aggie Grey
The Catholic Cathedral is a major landmark along the Apia waterfront.
We arrived in Samoa just a couple of weeks after they switched which lane they drive in - they used to import most of their cars from the US, so drove on the right side, now they get most from NZ, so are driving on the left!  The police were out constantly directing traffic and restaurants and bars had to quit selling liquor at 10 instead of 12 PM!
Our first view of Apia from just outside the harbor.  We were surprised to see how big and modern it looked!
Uh, oh!  This can
The village of Falehau is pictured behind the wharf area.  The people there are very friendly and we were so lucky to be there during one of their lady
The wharf at low tide.  We found this was the perfect time to try to go ashore without slipping and sliding on the mossy concrete!  Doesn
The wharf from the view of the island.  During the day, almost every dinghy was tied up there - at one point up to 11 or 12 boats were in the anchorage, but normally there are just 4 or 5.
I wonder if Penny would want a little porker as a brother or sister?!!! They sure are cute when they are little, but the mamas can be intimidating as you walk by.
A patchwork house!  Thank goodness for corrigated steel, otherwise there wouldn
A beautiful cowrie shell in its natural habitat!  The long, "turd" looking things are sea cucumbers - the locals eat them raw, but mostly they collect and dry them to sell to the Chinese.
The women of Falehau put on a fund raising night to make money to buy a solar lighting system for their village.  The New Zealand govt. is putting up half the money, but the village has to come up with the rest.  They did a great demonstration of how they harvest pandanus leaves,  process them until they are dry, and then weave them into beautiful mats.
*** Unfortunately, this is one of the villages hit very hard by the tsunami.  We can only hope for the best.
This looks like a big mess, but this lady had it all under control and was weaving her heart out!
A closer look at the before and after!  I was so amazed at all the work that went into these mats.
This was the lady that was wearing the traditional mat at the school celebration.  She is one of the best weavers on the island!
I fell so in love with this little guy!  He wasn
His brothers and sisters were pretty cute, too!

***Again, we are hoping for the best.
The ladies of the village are not only talented weavers, they are also beautiful dancers. (Note by little guy is right in there with them!)
The young men did several dances throughout the night - many were almost like martial art katas, with precise moves and grunts.  (Not the one pictured, though!)
The young ladies of the village also danced beautifully.  There
To get to the Palm Tree Island Resort on Hunganga Island, we had to cross a reef.  This was very low tide, so we cold walk across - water in the middle was up to our knees.
This is Birgetta, Ian, and Laura doing the welcoming song from "Cabaret."  Ian and Birgitta are from S/V Gannet and Laura owns the resort.  It was a wonderful party!
Glen played with Leekie, the best Ukeleli player on the island!  Several others joined in on pots and pans and wooden sticks!  It was amazing!
Glen and Leekie had a lot of fun playing together and became good "buds!"
This is Leekie and his wife Piah.  Piah is the nurse practitioner on the island and was the health official that came to check in our boat.  She was so happy to get a print of this picture.

*** Unfortunately, the hospital, or health clinic, run by Piah was pretty much destroyed.  Both Piah and Leekie are okay - thank goodness!
Getting to "cut a rug!"  The party Laura hosted at her place was a blast - complete with people hanging from the rafters (no, not us!).  In fact, the Palm Tree Island Resort
Another Tongan ferry sinking!  This was after the boat was mostly bailed out and almost ready to go again!  Not a good idea putting 20+ people on board!
Why are all these people wet, you ask?  Good question!  The answer... they were all silly enough to crowd onto a tiny little boat to try to cross a reef!
This is Tuleme, the ferry captain!  He pulls the little boat back and forth across the reef several times a day at mid and high tides.  Bless his heart - he
The bank in Hihifo that didn
After the program at the school, we had the wonderful opportunity to visit with both parents and students.  Although we took tons of "by request" pictures (which we later printed and took into the village), I liked this one because it shows one of the moms with her traditional mat skirt.  We didn
What a bunch of cuties!  The girls side of the class!
Okay, so the boys side is equally cute!  We were so happy to have been invited to this "end of term" celebration at the primary school in the local village of Falehau.

***Very sadly, this is one of the villages that got hit pretty hard.  The school wasn
Yep, it
Hold still mama, we
We found it interesting that the vehicles driven by some of the islanders were far better than their houses!
The poles are leaning on the roof of the house to hold it down during high winds!

This house is much more modern and well-built, but has the roof chained down for the high winds!

***We think this one would have survived - it was set back further from the water.
Dinnertime for the porkers, too!  They love coconuts.
So much depends on the old wooden canoe!  You can see the fishing net that gets used daily.
Looking out at the anchorage on Niuatoputapu.
Every child we passed on the road wanted their picture taken so they could see it on the screen.
Another couple of cuties we passed on the road.  This was the cutest puppy we had seen in a long, long time!
The local rugby/soccer field.  They used really tall trees to mark the goal.  The field is shared by tons of pigs!
A beautiful view while walking to Hihifo.
The extinct volcano makes the island of Tafahi.
The "I-5" of Niuatoputapu!  A two mile walk down this road takes you from the wharf to Hihifo, the capitol village.
The NZ military dynamited this little pass through the reef to make it possible for the fishermen from Vaipoa, the middle village, to get their boats out from their own village.
We love the way the Tongans adorn their loved ones graves - this quilt was beautiful!
Pigs on the beach!!!