Continuing on the flashbacks from last year, 2006 was the year we first went for a trip on a yacht (for all of us)! I've been on boats for sure, but they must've be more blue collar type, like fishing boats. One of the directors here and his wife, Bill and Jo, kindly took us and another couple (Bill and Va, also company directors) for a two night sail in the Mamanuca's. Bill and Jo were moored off the island when we joined them, with a plan to sail up to the Yasawa's. Unfortunately the weather looked a bit challenging for such a crew of newbies, so Malolo Island was instead chosen as the destination. The kids absolutely reveled in the experience, the fishing (we caught two!) and sailing, and still talk about the 'bow riding" to this day. Amy felt a large yacht was really the way to go. Actually the kids have become very good at entertaining themselves and kept busy with drawings, card games and reading; and of course while we were moored, swimming. It was (as commented) sort of like camping. We are just lucky that Bill and Jo's lifetime of hard work meant they had such a cool tent!
We stopped at Musket Cove (a bay/cove with moorings and a marina, and a popular and social yachties' haunt) both nights, but on day two we didn't lie about, but went sailing/motoring out through Wilkes passage, crossing the outer reef out by Tavarua. That was really wild, huge waves that appeared out of nowhere, with us traveling through a narrow passage between them... We slept on shore at Plantation the second night, then joined the yacht in the morning to sail home to Treasure...
And just continuing on the yacht theme... Oddly lately we have had pumice washing up on the beach, and floating in the water. I fretted for a bit that there was a volcano about to pop up between here and Beachcomber. But then I came across the blog of the Fredrik and Crew on the Yacht Maiken : just two or so weeks after our trip, so early in August 2006, they were coming across to Fiji from Tonga and were just east of the Lau group of islands, when they discovered a huge raft of pumice, then a brand new volcanic island. It makes for great reading. You'll note they were staying at Musket too in August- then scroll down to the August 12 entry for descriptions of their pumice adventure. Well worth a look, and true! You can actually see the new island on Google earth. Anyway I figure that's where the pumice is actually from-and its a safe distance away.
Sota tale (till we next meet)!