|Three adventurers and environmentalists.|
In French Polynesia, Huahine excited us, almost to the point of toying with the idea of living there someday.
Which says a lot—we were there only about a week (as we were feeling the pressure of having overstayed a French welcome that ends abruptly at 90 days). But on this island, surrounded by a South Pacific lagoon like you’d see on the cover of Cruising World and separate from the Tahiti-Bora Bora-Moorea tourist hotspots of the Societies, is the small town of Fare. It’s what you think of when you imagine an idealized, undiscovered surf town. Fare features a low-key bar with live entertainment, one of the better supermarkets, and bike rentals. For cruisers there is water available and the moorings are free. For surfers, there are gorgeous breaks at either of two passes, a short dinghy ride away.
|Kids riding the top of the bimini after school.|
So we met Liz, got entertained by Liz’s cat (Amelia!), toured around on bikes, played in the water, enjoyed the bar, enjoyed the company of our good cruising friends (Vagrant!), bought fresh veggies from local farmers, sent the girls off on play dates with locals, hit a bommie pretty hard, provisioned, Skyped my grandma, took on water, and then set sail.
Which is all awesome, and we're all grateful for having been able to spend more time than most people ever get in a place like this, but I want to acknowledge that we barely scratched the surface. Every place we've been fortunate enough to travel to, our visits have been long enough to realize how much more there is to experience—we need a dozen lifetimes. And that’s perhaps the most important life lesson, realizing how short one life is.
|A rare family photo.|
|On our way to find the legendary blue-eyed eels.|
|The girls trying to get counsel from a|
local boy, in French. How close can we get?
|While this big guy rubs against Eleanor's leg, Frances dares to pet his|
|Frances with some of the kids who live near|
|Frances looking across the lagoon. Still didn't have my polarizing filter at this|
point, or I could share how stunning that turquoise water was.
|The best food store in a while.|
|Eleanor and her new friend at the start of getting towed.|
|This is Paul. He can't speak, not at all, but he lives on Huahine and paddles |
great distances to get visitors to sign his guest book. A big-hearted
guy who I can't imagine without a smile on his face.
|Wow, two family portraits in one post.|