June 20, 2009 – June 29, 2009

June 29, 2009

9:30pm 30* heading traveling 7.5kt 123.7nm miles to Tana. will be about dark tomorrow when we arrive. All of us are good little uneasy stomachs. Big fish story to tell. 2 for 1 dolphin. bull about 40lbs, cow around 20, more tomorrow.

Martha



June 28, 2009

At sunrise this morning, Monday 6/29, we left New Caledonia headed to Port Resolution, Tana, Vanuatu. It is 7:45am 22*18′.232S/167*06′.853E 57* heading 6.6kt should be there sometime tomorrow afternoon or so. Weather not perfect but doable. If it gets too bad we will just head for Port Vila and bypass the volcano (hope not)

Martha



June 27, 2009

Hey there! It is Saturday night here about 10;00 and about 7:00 am Saturday for you. This email will go out tomorrow morning because Dad only sends and receives emails once a day…about 7:00 each morning which is about 4:00 in the afternoon the day before us on your time…Confusing, huh? Anyway, we are leaving in the morning (your Saturday night) for Vanuatu!!! YIPEE! It will take us about a day and a half to get there. We should have great weather all the way; Today was rainy off and on. The plan seems to be that we will be in Tana long enough to see the Volcano, give the tribes some supplies, and visit Dad’s buddy Patrick. This should only take a day or two and then we may head on up to Port Villa which I will fly out of. We will send our location so it can be updated on Google earth.

Good night… it’s my time to look at the stars! Take care!!

 Christy



June 25, 2009

We have not made it to Vanuatu yet. weather not being kind to us at all. We are in a beautiful cove just outside of Noumea, New Caledonia. Mountains on both sides RED, RED clay both on the bottom and mountains. We have done some mountain climbing, they are not real tall, but we have had rain and they are slick as sn-t. Jim and I both have been careful, my tennis shoes will never be the same. We did do a snorkel yesterday, water is cold so wet suits were worn by all. Did get a few good shots of fish and coral, this area right here does not have all the great fish like Vanuatu, other areas here do have more, but we’re not there!!! We are getting anxious to get going, but not going to get beat up. We have checked out of New Cal and may have to go back to Noumea……. hope we can sneak out before someone realizes we haven’t left.

 Sunday may look better, will let you know.

Martha



June 24, 2009

We are good, we are in a little cove in the S. part of New Caledonia. We are surrounded by mountains with fresh water flowing down into the salty river. We went exploring today and saw the rivers and hiked up into the mountains. There are remenants of an old prison here (100 yrs old)…pretty cool and creepy. No swimming here because of the number of sharks. That is ok, the water is nasty from the red dirt comming down from the mountains. We may move to another anchorage tomorrow morning and then head to the Loyality Islands tomorrow afternoon and cruse overnight and stay there for a day or so. Hopefully the weather will clear for us to go to Vanuau by Friday. We are chilly and the wind is blowing pretty good. We cant go outside at night for very long because it is so cold. I miss you and hope all is well.

Christy



June 23, 2009

tried to leave numea, but wind still blowing, will probably try again

tomorrow. We are in 22*18’X166*50″, little anchorage at south end

of new cal. all is well.

Jim



June 21, 2009

Hey, we.re still at the dock, tomorrow we are going to the immigration to see if we can check out at the Loyal Islands, we are going to try to go out to an anchorage tomorrow or Tues. We have to check the weather again tomorrow, still may be too much wind.

Martha



June 20, 2009

It’s Sunday here VERY windy and raining. But we are all good tied to the dock in New Caledonia. Christy is a bit disappointed we have not been able to leave for Vanuatu. She Holly and Brad went out to a beautiful bay for a couple of days and stayed in a grass hut on the beach, also went on a suba dive yesterday. Hope to move on sometime the first to middle part of the week. We’ll see.

Martha

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