|Skies over Ovea, The Loyaute Islands, New Caledonia|
|DOMINO awaiting her fate at Port Denarau, Fiji|
|Pacific Dolphins commonly play around us at anchor, here in Nagles Cove, Great Barrier Island, NZ|
|What I love most in cruising? Diving, snorkeling, looking for species new to me
(No worries, this triton went right back where it came from – Belep Islands, New Caledonia
– No Breaks– In all these years, we had taken only short breaks to visit family, always whirlwind visits, too short, too shallow, to unfrequent. While I spent these breaks with our California family (neglecting our Arizona and S.Carolina children) JP had to split his time between his French roots and his U.S. offsprings. We were both itching for quality time with our 13 grandchildren and could not see how this would happen while cruising full time.
- CURE? Take frequent and/or long breaks from cruising to get back in touch with family and friends.
|Had we gotten tired of talcum-powder beaches? Here, in Ouvea, Loyalty Islands, New Caledonia|
- Cultural Aftershock – What would I give for a night at the Opera, or the Theater, or even just a movie in a comfortable seat! Not that we are short of Cultural experiences. From Latin America to French Polynesia to Indo-Fijian, Kanak and Maori cultures, our lives have been enriched in many ways. Still, I felt “out of my gourd,” disconnected from my roots, be they French of American.
- CURE? Take frequent and/or long breaks from cruising to get back in touch with our cultural roots.
|Cruising with friends helped. Here, in Lifou (Loyalty Islands, New Caledonia) with the CNC|
- Too Much Ocean – Did I just write this? Could there be such a thing as Too Much Ocean? Truth be told, we had become lazy, trying to be satisfied with our daily snorkeling sessions, fishing excursions, and walks on the beach. We had hardly taken any hike, visited any village, walked through any town, or even sampled any restaurant. We thought we were content to stay on the boat. Obviously not and suddenly there was Too Much Ocean.
- CURE? Get off the boat, one way or the other, and experience LAND.
|It always comes down to just the two of us. Would we be reduced to just one?
No worries, I fixed this silverbeet and potato salad for JP, home-baked bread, in the Bay of Islands yesterday!
|Hope… in Ile des Pins, New Caledonia.|
|HOME is where the boat is.
Here in the “Back of the Barrier,” Barrier Island, NZ
|Hiengiene, New Caledonia|
|Cruising with friends is fun… we meet Claude & Annie again in N.C.|
|Christmas at Great Barrier Island, NZ … Santa found us!|
|At Norsand, JP supervises the re-configuration of our anchoring system.
Brought the anchors lower and more forward
|What we want more of? Fun with grandchildren on board|
|This is what we want more of: family on board|
|Wherever the boat is, we’ll find a way.|