Papeete and Moorea

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"What was the meaning of that South-Sea Exploring Expedition, with all its parade and expense, but an indirect recognition of the fact that there are continents and seas in the moral world to which every man is an isthmus or an inlet, yet unexplored by him, but that it is easier to sail many thousand miles through cold and storm and cannibals, in a government ship, with five hundred men and boys to assist one, than it is to explore the private sea, the Atlantic and Pacific Ocean of one’s being alone."
- Henry David Thoreau

1 July 1999

We have finally finished enough repairs to move on to Moorea.  Cook's Bay is one of the true garden spots of the world.  The bay is deep, so we are protected from the wind and seas; in fact, people regularly water ski here.  Around all sides are jagged vertical peaks dripping with exotic greenery.  The sea is alive, and we have hooked up with the Dolphin Doctor (the guy that saved Humphrey) to observe the dolphins and whales here.

Papeete:  papharbor.JPG (47365 bytes)  rainwash.JPG (44125 bytes) papharbor2.JPG (30851 bytes)  summerpassage.JPG (40797 bytes)

Moorea:    ccrainbow.JPG (43080 bytes)  ccbay2.JPG (49141 bytes)  ccbay1.JPG (46375 bytes)  ccscalawag.JPG (49441 bytes)

melhike.JPG (61389 bytes)  rickhike.JPG (67524 bytes)  inland.JPG (53742 bytes)

Dolphins:  bow1.JPG (57489 bytes)  bow2.JPG (46177 bytes)  fin1.JPG (49640 bytes)  fin2.JPG (62355 bytes)

Bike ride:  melbeer.JPG (54569 bytes)  rickwall.JPG (73070 bytes)  melsign.JPG (95777 bytes)  landslide.JPG (38787 bytes)  tree1.JPG (61935 bytes)  tree2.JPG (56851 bytes)  meadow.JPG (53566 bytes)

The top:  bothattop.JPG (46534 bytes)  pan1.JPG (24943 bytes)  pan2.JPG (28738 bytes)  pan3.JPG (42336 bytes)  pan4.JPG (57557 bytes)

Bali Hai:  balihai2.JPG (60199 bytes)  balihai1.JPG (59193 bytes)  Atoll life:  melatoll.JPG (49944 bytes)  rickatoll.JPG (55788 bytes) 

Ray petting:  trollop.JPG (48401 bytes)  ray1.JPG (48941 bytes)  ray2.JPG (55690 bytes)  ray3.JPG (55255 bytes)  ray4.JPG (52914 bytes)  ray5.JPG (31370 bytes)

ray6.JPG (30903 bytes)  ray7.JPG (28930 bytes)  ray8.JPG (44458 bytes)  ray9.JPG (37668 bytes)  ray10.JPG (45867 bytes)  ray11.JPG (43471 bytes)  marshall.JPG (50189 bytes)

Whale chasing:  whale1.JPG (44630 bytes)  whale2.JPG (39576 bytes)  whale3.JPG (39339 bytes)

Wreck diving:  wreck1.JPG (42337 bytes)  wreck2.JPG (41072 bytes)  wreck3.JPG (48596 bytes)  wreck4.JPG (59543 bytes)

wreck5.JPG (60834 bytes)  wreck6.JPG (45323 bytes)  wreck7.JPG (38198 bytes)  wreck8.JPG (35528 bytes)  wreck9.JPG (60832 bytes)



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