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We haven't even left yet and we want to come back to Moorea. We've toured the island in a 4X4, snorkled in the lagoon (my first time in the Pacific!), lay about the pool, shopped and had a wonderful meal with some friends of friends that are now our friends too. I'm going to cut this short since we're off to see a traditional Polynesian dance followed by a rock concert, both about 150' from our bungalow. Tomorrow it's off to Raiatea to meet up with our shipmates. For now I'll let the photos do the talking.

Dinner at the Moorea Beach Cafe, 9/25/14

Opunohu Bay, Moorea, 9/26/14

Opunohu Bay on the left, Cook's Bay on the right, from the Belvedere Lookout, Moorea, 9/26/14

Moorea, 9/27/14

Interior of Moorea, 9/26/14

 

 

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So we survived the flights from Orlando to LAX and from LAX to Papeete (overnight) and the lengthy (7 minute) flight from Papeete to Moorea and, as I type this, we're in our “transit” room at the Moorea Pearl Resort waiting on either a) our permanent room to be ready or b) 12:00 to roll around so we can eat! We're exhausted, more than a bit punch drunk, and WAY excited to be at this beautiful location. We'll post more, but this will get us started.

 

Moorea as we came in...our resort is, I think, in the middle distance, 9/25/14

 

An over water bungalow at the Pearl, 9/25/14

 

Poolside at the Pearl, 9/25/14

 

I know, I know, it’s been too long since I posted. The main purpose of this blog is relating our travel adventures and showing some pretty pictures and we just haven’t been doing much¬†of either this summer. That’s about to change, and in a big way. Tomorrow we depart for almost 3 weeks of journeying about the islands of French Polynesia: Tahiti, Bora Bora, Moorea, etc. We’ll be spending a few nights at the Pearl Resort on the island of Moorea seeing the sights before heading to¬†Raiatea where we’ll board a 55′ catamaran for two weeks of sailing with family and friends! To say we’re excited is the understatement of at least the decade.

I will be trying to post when able, but internet access (at least access capable of uploading my posts) will be … spotty. This, of course, is an attraction for me, since three weeks with no work email and no cell coverage is seen as a feature rather than a bug. Although I WILL be monitoring, as best I can, the Orioles path to the World Series.

For some obligatory photos, here are some shots I took the other night of a 2 month old lion cub (and a couple of his future roomies). For background, see here. He’s as cute as a button and still able to be around people. That will change, of course, but before it does I hope to get over there with my “real” camera (these are all from my iPhone in low light, so the quality isn’t very good) and get some better shots. After Tahiti, of course!

Mims, FL, 9/14/14

Mims, FL, 9/14/14

 

Mims, FL, 9/14/14

Mims, FL, 9/14/14

Mims, FL, 9/14/14

Mims, FL, 9/14/14

Mims, FL, 9/14/14

Mims, FL, 9/14/14

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