Day 96, Year 2: More Snorkeling; More Planning for Vanuatu
Date: Sunday, July 29, 2007
Weather: Beautiful Day
Location: Malolo LaiLai Island, Mamanuca Group, Fiji

We got an email from Steve saying that he got home safe and sound. He did have a problem with his flight from LA to Miami, but despite the glitch, he made it home to Fort Myers safe and sound. Steve, we miss you.

Where does the time go? I had hoped to spend the entire day working on organizing and naming photos from the past three weeks, but that just didn’t happen. We went out to the reef to snorkel with Marie and Paul of Ranger early this morning. I did come back and work on pictures for about an hour, and then it was time to head to land for an early afternoon walk to the top of the ridge. We had beautiful views of the anchorage and the surrounding islands from there and it was definitely worth the
time spent. We visited a gallery on the hill, walked through the resort and the restaurant there, and ended up in the little grocery store. I had hoped to get in an afternoon snorkel, but by the time we got back to the dinghy we had all lost interest. It was late in the afternoon, and we decided it was best to spend our time doing a little Vanuatu planning. We went to Ranger and sat in the cockpit with books, charts, and notes, and successfully outlined our first sailing plan for the next six
weeks. We now at least have a plan from which to work and change.

Once again, the time had slipped away from us. It was time for dinner. We decided to cook together on Windbird instead of going to shore for the Sunday night barbecue. We had a great dinner, continued our Vanuatu planning, and even started seriously planning for the rest of this week. Tentatively, and I mean very tentatively, we are thinking that we might leave here tomorrow afternoon and move back to Mana Island. There are some wonderful snorkeling sights close to there. Tomorrow is Marie’s
birthday, and going to a great snorkeling site is her wish. We might come back here on Wednesday in time for the meke, including song and dance, on Wednesday evening. Whatever we do, no later than Thursday, we will sail to Denarau to begin the provisioning process, and work our way to Lautoka by next Monday for check-out. We will then be on our way to Vanuatu. There is still a lot of planning involved before final, final decisions are made–but we are well on our way.

070729 Day 96 Mamanuca Group, Fiji–Sunday Walk at Musket Cove
070729 Day 96b Mamanuca Group, Fiji–More Musket Cove Underwater