Sunday, April 19, 2009
Recap to date
Okay, I have figured out how to upload a photo. Now to see if it is possible to insert a photo into a blog entry. Absolutely cannot figure out how to place the photos where I want to insert them. And cannot find a way to title or describe the photos. Also cannot figure out how to edit a photo once it has been uploaded, such as to make it smaller or to change position right, left or center. If anyone reading this knows the answers, please let me know.
If anyone is interested in our previous adventures, they are chronicled on our primary website which can be found at the link on the left side of the main page of this blog. About 2,000 photos on that website. It covers 2 years of circling the Caribbean, plus the Panama Canal transit and all of the South Pacific crossing. In 2008 we visited Galapagos Islands, Marquesas, Tuamotu, Tahiti, Moorea, Huahine, Raiatea and Taha'a, Bora Bora, Niue and the Kingdom of Tonga. We started in Vava'U in Tonga and cruised the Ha'apai Group and Tongatapu Group. Prettiest tiny island of all of the South Pacific was Kelofesia, just north of Tongatapu in Tonga. Although the 2 French Polynesia islands of Fatu Hiva and Moorea rate tops for mountainous beauty; hard to say which of the 2 is the most beautiful place on earth in our opinions.
A big disappointment was Bora Bora. Maybe our expectations were too high since Bora Bora is hailed as the most beautiful. It lacked desperately in our opinions. Bora Bora is gorgeous from an aerial view but is just so-so from ground or water level.
New Zealand was a highlight of the South Pacific for us. We bought a car and did a land tour of both North Island and South Island. Got to see a glacier which had been a goal of mine during this circumnavigation. Check that off the bucket list. We were impressed with the Waitomo Caves on the North Island. Our favorite anchorage in New Zealand is behind a tiny island in the bay at Port Fitzroy on Great Barrier Island. Looks like Scotland.
Now we sit at Opua Marina playing the Weather Window Watching Game (TM). Hoping to be out of here around first of May and sail to New Caledonia.