Back in the USA
17 July 2015 | LAX Airport
Against the odds, we completed most of our tasks on Wings and are now sitting at LAX awaiting a short trip to Oakland where we'll stay a few days with Conni's dad.
As usual, we had too many chores for the remaining time and frantically worked to comp,wet as much as we could. We got the cover erected, line stowed, got Conni up the mast for various tasks, and finally locked up the boat. Conni checked every bolt and every Clevis pin in the mast, the spreader boots, and removed the Windex and the Raymarine wind indicator, and on descent, she applied a protective wax to the expensive Awl Grip paint on the mast.
I had a very brief break in the morning and Conni suggested that a I try our new machete on some coconuts. Holy smokes, it works! Sure, it's a bit of work, but the result is several cups of coconut water and all of the meat to munch. The machete will be a continuos partner on all of trips to land while we're here. What a thrill to have even my rudimentary level of skill.
We jumped in the rental car and Conni dropped me at the Raiatea Airport to begin the laborious check-in process withe excess baggage while she continued to our Pension. The manager then gave her a ride to the airport.
Travel has been simple. We flew Air Tahiti from Raiatea to Papeete, Tahiti, Air France from Papeete Los Angeles, and Delta from there to Oakland. The 8-hour trip from Tahiti to LAX went smoothly and we enjoyed the wonderful food and service. With each announcement in French frost, then English, and finally Tahitian. I had grilled ahi and Conni had a beef meal,,both with wine, champaign aperitifs and after dinner brandy.
We've got two blue boxes of stuff, my huge and heavy Bill Bag, Conni's duffel, and our packs. Going among the various stations of the traveling cross requires at least one baggage cart.
Our 24rh anniversary will occur in a few days so we'll force her dad to pony up for our anniversary celebration.
This was the most fun that we've had in the South Pacific. We saw a lot, took our time, and had some quality time together on Wings. The most important news, of course, is that we'll be returning next year to cruise only in FP, and we're considering returning for a third season. It's momentous for us since the boat will be in the Pavifiv for at least another two years and perhaps three.