Well its the end of September and we are still in Oponuhu Bay on Moorea. We have been pretty quiet. We are working on converting Moondance's dvd's to electronic files. They have 4 books of dvds, so it is taking all of our computing power to get it done. My little computer will only rip them, it isn't big enough to compress them, so ripping is my piece of the pie. Dennis and I did go exploring with Doug and Carla on Monday. We took one of the rare buses as far as it would go to the west, looked at all the shops and had lunch on the beach. We caught another bus from there back east to Maharepa. It is one of the main towns here on Moorea. We needed an ATM, which they had and of course we had to check out the market. I scored some smarties (not what they are called here, but you know what I mean) for Josh. He didn't realize we were actually leaving Tahiti on Friday and didn't stock up. From there we hitched a ride to the "Jus de Fruits". It is a fruit juice factory and distillary. They make boxed rum punches and maitais, flavored rums and liquours. We tasted quite a few and ended up buying a bottle of vanilla flavored rum cream liquour - quite good in my coffe even as we speak. From there we were able to hitch another ride back to our dinghy. All in all a pretty fun day. Josh was happy with his smarties too.
Tuesday we invited Doug and Carla here for a game of Risk. Four and a half hours later we declared Doug the winner with the most countries. Whew!!! Talk about a marathon. Definitely fun just long.
Wednesday Josh and Dennis cleaned the bottom of the boat and I procured fresh shrimp for dinner. Josh says the hull is as smooth as a baby's butt now. We will go fast, fast. Was a pretty hard job because of the wind and current, but they got it done. The shrimp came from a farm at the head of the bay. Doug and I dinghied over and picked up a kilo each. I made ours into a creole type of scampi over rice for dinner - yum!!
Josh was going to help Doug with their bottom on Thursday, but between generator issues and more wind they decided to put it off. We had problems with a fuse on one pump, then the freshwater pump crapped out. Thankfully we had the spare new pump (thank you Corinne), so it was just a matter of replacing it. Of course it wasn't as straightforward as it should have been, but by the end of the afternoon we were back in business. We will see what today brings. It is still pretty windy and a little cloudy. We are looking at a possible window to leave here on Monday or Tuesday.