Back from Paradise

2008-07-04 00:00:23 +0000

After a bit of a scare, I made it back from my three week trip to French Polynesia safe and sound yesterday afternoon. What did I learn after visiting Tahiti Nui, Moorea, Huahine, Tahaa, Bora Bora, and Riaetea?

Pictures are up over on my Flickr account…

Safe and Sound

2008-06-17 22:21:06 +0000

Just checking in really quick. We arrived in Papeete safe and sound, although our luggage didn’t arrive until more than 15 hours later. We spent the day meeting Jason’s cruising buddies, wandering the town, and checking out the local brewery.

After a rocky night in the harbor, we pulled out and headed over to Moorea. It was wet and windy sail in the largest seas I’ve ever been in, but then again I’ve never done much sailing outside of puget sound before.

Moorea has been great. Where we are moored we can swim right out to the reefs where the snorkelling is incredible. I can’t believe the variety of fish I’ve seen, from big ol sting rays to little fish that look like tetras - its like swimming through a well stocked aquarium display. Yesterday I joined up with some of Jason’s friends and went hiking up to a viewpoint where we could overlook both of the bays on this side of the island. It was a long trek even when you factor in the couple of rides we were able to hitch and the kind stranger who lent us his car (!) to get to the top, but it was well worth it.

Today we are probably going to pull anchor and head over to Huahine - its a 90 mile sail, a good deal of which we’ll do overnight, so this should be interesting.

Pictures and more information over at Jason’s blog.

I'm leavin on a jet plane...

2008-06-11 21:18:11 +0000

Enough of this lousy weather, time to head off and meet my brother where the weather is warm. Youngest brother and I be getting into Papeete around 5AM tomorrow and after meeting up with Jay and spending a couple of days seeing the city we’ll be sailing off towards Moorea and eventually up towards the Leeward Islands. I’ll try to stick up a blog entry now and then, but no promises.

SIFF 2008

2008-06-09 21:20:36 +0000

Well, I’m out of tickets for SIFF this year. I have to say, I wasn’t as excited for their lineup this year compared to previous years however most of what I saw this year turned out to be pretty good. Here were my favorites:

Letter of Apology...

2008-05-17 04:38:28 +0000

Dear patron of sushi maki,

I know you were probably looking forward to your special tuna roll. I was looking forward to my spicy tuna roll combo with extra pieces of tamago and unagi as well. Unfortunately, they gave me your order instead and I didn’t notice it until I got home. It’s a ten minute walk and I was too lazy to go back so I ate your order - Sorry!

Seriously though, for a tiny, tiny place, it was hopping on this beautiful Friday Seattle evening. The roll was huge and pretty tasty - I think I’ll have to give them another chance even if I was seriously missing my real order.