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Tahitian Vanilla – from Farm to Table

December 3, 2017 // 2 Comments

This post shares what we learned about vanilla farming in French Polynesian and at the bottom has delicious recipes for cooking fish with vanilla sauces. Vanilla – Don’t Settle for less than  The Real Thing Morita’s brother hard at work tending the vanilla vines Vanilla has been [read more]

Fabulous Find! 12volt Chargers for Laptop Computers

December 1, 2017 // 0 Comments

Living off the grid on a sailboat, we’re powered mainly by solar and wind, and occasionally our diesel generator, that recharge our house batteries.  Efficiency is key when it comes to recharging our boatload of battery-powered tech devices: cameras, cell phones, tablets, gps devices, [read more]

Sacred South Pacific Flying Foxes

November 22, 2017 // 0 Comments

flying foxes are the size of large squirrels The Best Address if You’re a Fruit Bat If you’re a bat, and specifically a Pacific Flying Fox bat, you want to settle in Tonga. Why? In Tonga, flying foxes are the official property of the King of Tonga, and no one except royalty is allowed [read more]

Best 2-Person Game for Cruising Couples (no, not arm wrestling)

September 2, 2017 // 1 Comment

If you ever hear that Rand has fallen overboard, your first question should be “were you in the middle of an acey-deucey game?” Truth be told, sometimes I do wish Rand would take his incredible dice-rolling luck to Las Vegas rather than roll back-to-back acey-deucies and doubles as he [read more]

Two Families Shipwreck on Coral Reefs in the South Pacific

August 24, 2017 // 0 Comments

When a sailing voyage comes to a sudden, violent end, no matter the cause or circumstances, it’s a terrible tragedy. Two vivacious cruising families who were sailing across the Pacific Ocean met this fate recently. Americans Danny and Belinda Gavotos and their four teenaged children, on Tanda [read more]

Epic Surf Competition at Teahupo’o on Tahiti Iti

August 17, 2017 // 1 Comment

Our inspiring San Diego friends, Ryan and Nicole, from Two Afloat, tipped us off on where to anchor once we’d taken care of business in Papeete. We had just finished dinner together on Golden Glow in a serene, unspoilt atoll in the Tuamotos and were saying we weren’t looking forward to [read more]

Tonga Awaits Timothy

August 9, 2017 // 0 Comments

Our hearts are filled with joy when we talk to our kids. Getting to spend time with them brims our happiness to overflowing. Usually we see them every couple months, but being in the South Pacific has been a challenge. We’re looking forward to Christmas/New Year’s with them in New [read more]

Bonaire

July 30, 2017 // 0 Comments

We sailed to Bonaire from Grenada en route to the Pacific. Because of piracy, we had to avoid the Venezuelan coast and its waters 50 miles past its outer islands. Bonaire is the easternmost of the ABC Islands – Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao. They are the perfect place to pause for a weather [read more]
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