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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]

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]

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]

Swimming with Sharks – HUNDREDS of Sharks!

July 13, 2017 // 2 Comments

Fakarava seen from space Fakarava We sailed to Fakarava, which is the second largest – and one of the more populated – atolls in the Tuamotos (the other being Rangiroa). Fakarava’s lagoon is more than 30 miles long and unlike any other atoll we’ve visited, you can traverse [read more]

Our Thoughts & Prayers are With You in Queensland

March 30, 2017 // 0 Comments

ouch! says the owner of this catamaran double ouch!! Category 4 Tropical Cyclone Debbie is losing intensity as it tracks south towards Brisbane, the Gold Coast and northern New South Wales. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you who have been affected. Cyclone Debbie has been described as a [read more]

Savannah Goes Skydiving!

March 23, 2017 // 0 Comments

Rand, Ellen & Zack getting ready to skydive Beginning with Zack, every one of our children has skydived once they were old enough. Savannah turned 18 last August but it wasn’t until we visited her at UC Berkeley this month that the perfect opportunity presented itself for her to join the [read more]
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