Zen - family cruising catamaran

Family of 4 sailing from New England to Auckland, New Zealand '08-'10

26 August 2010 | Portsmouth, Rhode Island
27 April 2010 | Rhode Island
05 April 2010 | Fort Lauderdale, FL
24 March 2010 | Portsmouth, RI
19 February 2010 | middle of Pacific Ocean
12 February 2010 | Waiheke Island, NZ
08 February 2010 | Auckland, New Zealand
30 January 2010 | Whangarei, New Zealand
26 January 2010 | Whangarei, New Zealand
22 January 2010 | Whangarei, New Zealand
20 January 2010 | Whangarei, New Zealand
17 January 2010 | Whangarei, New Zealand
14 January 2010 | Whangarei, New Zealand
08 January 2010 | Los Angeles, CA
07 January 2010 | Newark International Airport
27 December 2009 | Rhode Island, USA
10 December 2009 | New Delhi, India
02 December 2009 | South Island, NZ
13 November 2009 | Whangarei, New Zealand
10 November 2009 | Opua and Kerikeri, New Zealand

Magical Hike

02 April 2009 | Daniel's Bay, Nuku Hiva, Marquesas
Cutting through a local's backyard, passing by horses grazing along the riverside, waving to the native gathering coconuts, and snapping photos of the ancient tikis.. this is just the first 30 minutes of our day's adventure. Our guide book mentions a 90-minute hike to Vaipo, the 3rd highest waterfall (350m high) in the world. We packed our DEET to battle the nonos (no-see-ums), drinking water, baguettes, bananas and fig newtons. We were ready for anything. But most importantly, the camera, which would never be able to capture the true beauty of sights we saw. The huge 800m basalt mountains surrounded us with steep vertical drops in the Hakaui Valley. They are covered with lush green vegetation, making them look like huge green carpets covered in frosting. Their edges are soft, not angular and harsh. After following the trail, which ran along ancient stone walls, man-made rock stepping-stones across rivers, and past kilometers of green ground cover with happy yellow flowers, we arrived at a place that is more than surreal. Tom looked up and said, "It's like standing at the base of skyscrapers in New York City, only a thousand times better!" Parts of it resembled the green hills of "Sound of Music", but with a much more majestic backdrop. Then you see the waterfall, cascading into a swimming basin, welcoming you to come and cool off. Which we all did, immediately, swimming right up into a cavern, letting the waterfall shower over us. Our friends on s/v Chtimagine III, a French family, with a son and daughter, the same age as our kids, had arrived earlier and just finished their plunge as we entered the pool. Philip warned us of the crayfish and eels that shared the pond w/us. They were not dangerous, but certainly added a flair to the experience! Other than our 2 families, there wasn't another soul there. You really felt like a true explorer, not a tourist. In French and English, we all agreed the hike was well worth the beauty. After a picnic and photos, it was time to return to Zen in Daniel's Bay. This time, for the return hike, the kids, having pals to keep their pace, ventured off ahead, leaving the parents to savor the natural beauty of the trek back. We were treated to a gang of kids, splashing, laughing and playing in the water near our dinghies. We are not finished cruising, but it's a lock. Marquesas will go down as one of the top 5 favorite places ever visited by Zen. We'll share some incredible pictures when we reach broadband internet in about 6 weeks when we reach Tahiti.
Vessel Name: Zen
Vessel Make/Model: Atlantic 48' catamaran
Hailing Port: Newport, RI
Crew: Tom, Monique and Kids
Tom, Monique, Cammi, and Cole. Tom is the CEO/Founder for a high-tech advertising firm, which he just sold to a large US media company, giving us the ability to set sail. [...]
Eight years ago, we sold our advertising company, and left terra firma on our monohull, "Uliad", for a family cruise. As soon as we returned to land, immediately we started planning our 2nd cruise. Here's the continuation of our journey, except this time the kids are active crew members, [...]
Home Page: http://www.sailblogs.com/member/zen/
Zen's Photos - s/v Zen - family cruising catamaran (Main)
New Zealand, Dockwise, and Florida
82 Photos
Created 14 January 2010
Bangkok, New Delhi, Rhode Island holidays and New Zealand
118 Photos
Created 27 December 2009
Australia & New Zealand
117 Photos
Created 3 November 2009
Tonga and New Zealand
102 Photos
Created 3 September 2009
Cook Islands, Samoa and Tonga
86 Photos
Created 9 August 2009
French Polynesia and Cook Islands
113 Photos
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French Polynesia
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Panama City to Galapagos
81 Photos
Created 28 February 2009
Panama Canal, Costa Rica and Las Perlas
118 Photos
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Cartagena, Panama, Puerto Rico/US, and Costa Rica
111 Photos
Created 30 December 2008
Autumn sailing
124 Photos
Created 13 September 2008
Where we are sailing in 2008/2009
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Summertime '08
108 Photos
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Delivery from Maine to Newport summer 2007
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Created 27 April 2008
November 2007 - Tom, John and Scott
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Created 27 April 2008
American Virgin Islands and British Virgin Islands in 2007
358 Photos
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