Bora Bora Continues
24 April 2008 | Vaitape
Morning arrives to the sound of roosters crowing in conversation unknown to me. A conch horn is blowing profusely and the wind is inconsistent with scattered light sprinkles and I try to remember where I am . Oh yes Bora Bora. Today we will take the dinghy around to the south east side for an exploratory excursion and on return I will give you the report it is already 11:30 a.m.
I report to you much beautiful water shallow with a sandy bottom so the color is emerald green and turquoise blue with scattered coral patches. The area looks like the Bahamas with its crystal clear water and flat terrain a complimenting opposite to our anchorage just around the corner with high mountain peaks holding a volcanic jungle and its deep dark blue water. A rain shower cooled us off and we returned to Gabriella.
I still needed my exercise swim so taking the dinghy to the shallow area off of the anchorage where the coral is so full of my favorite colorful clams I went feasting my eyes for tomorrow we head to the Cook Islands.
There are many things to remember of French Polynesia this land of black pearls, surf, Guaguin and french bread. The operation of small boats was very unusual to us. The throttle and steering is on the bow and the steering is a rudder stick. I never saw a boat like this before have you? Another difference from American life is store and work hours. Closing time is early for many places and very punctual no staying overtime, lunches are long and taken, the closed sign appears. Life is enjoyed and not rushed. I find the people smiling helpful and genuine. Only a couple of grumps to be found who we will not discuss. I will mention Annie a lovely woman I met at Elise Evanglique and Heimoto which means "jewel of the eye" our friendly bank teller. These beautiful woman are people I desire to remember their kindness , their gentleness and loving spirit which reminds me of my friends and family at home. Love makes the world a better place. One last memory besides people and boats I think often of the fish hiding in the coral and sea life all of the colors and the busy life present under the sea. All are a blessing to me.