(Teahupoo, Tahiti, Society Islands, French Polynesia) I can’t come up with many words for what went down today, and if I ask Gregory for any assistance I just get “puuuuumping”. Today we spent well over 5 hours in the dinghy on the shoulder of Teahupoo. The huge swell showed up, as predicted, and the wave […]

(Teahupoo, Tahiti, Society Islands, French Polynesia) There’s been more than one occasion when we’ve sat back, took a deep breath, and acknowledged that the dream has been realized. Gregory had his religious experience at P-Lan in Panama where Oceanna was anchored off the back of a small remote island, while he caught epic waves within […]

(Teahupoo, Tahiti, Society Islands, French Polynesia) Big day today. We left Papeete marina and headed down to Teahupoo! Teahupoo (pronounced cho-poo) is the most famous surf break in the world (according to my on-boat Google Gregory). It’s big and heavy and pumps out some of the most perfect barrels on the planet. At its finest […]

(Downtown Papeete Marina, Tahiti, Society Islands, French Polynesia) Today was our last day in Papeete proper. We spent it doing two very crucial tasks. One – Dave from Full Circle came over to help us tune the rig. This is yet another example of how kind and helpful the cruising community is. Dave, a wealth […]

(Downtown Papeete Marina, Tahiti, Society Islands, French Polynesia) While Gregory is at home in the water, I tend to find better footing on land. He excels with the fishes, while my strengths involve terra firma. Not to say that we both don’t enjoy the other, it’s just that we have our preferences. So as we’ve […]

(Downtown Papeete Marina, Tahiti, Society Islands, French Polynesia) As our days in downtown Papeete grow numbered, I’ve been determined to soak up the streets. Like yesterday – I spent the entire afternoon walking around its many parks and shops. Roaming with no purpose other than setting my eyes on it all. I saw serene lily […]

(Downtown Papeete Marina, Tahiti, Society Islands, French Polynesia) Somedays this life is about taking in the amazing culture and scenic landscapes around us, and others are about scoring the perfect bucket. Yes bucket. Buckets are very crucial items in the cruiser’s required arsenal. Ask any cruiser out there, and you’d be hard-pressed to find one […]

(Downtown Papeete Marina, Tahiti, Society Islands, French Polynesia) We had some extra motivation to get our boat chores completed quickly this morning. (I’d like to say I even ran faster during my a.m. park jog, but that would be an abrupt lie that these boat legs could not pull off.) So with the replacement of […]

(Downtown Papeete Marina, Tahiti, Society Islands, French Polynesia) It’s not all fun and games in Papeete. Staying at a marina usually means there’s a bunch of work to be done. This is mostly because you’re at a dock with unlimited fresh water and shore power. Although here we’re not so lucky. The water on our […]

(Downtown Papeete Marina, Tahiti, Society Islands, French Polynesia) Oito ou OItenta translated from Portuguese is eight or eighty, and this, is Gregory’s new motto. Care of Kim’s Dad. A man who we are learning must be a very wise guy. Kim is always bringing up clever turns of phrase that he grew up hearing from […]