Pleasant boat routine

We have finally settled back into the pleasant daily routine of boat life in a quiet anchorage. The Tahitian winter weather with hot sun, but crisp air is quite invigorating and we use our high level of energy to get jobs on the boat done and to explore beautiful Moorea.

In the past few days we’ve reinstalled the deck light, made some adjustments to our mainsail (more sliders), cleaned the bottom, repaired a tiny leak in the kerosene tank (it kept losing pressure), and mended the elderly covers of our hatches. We also got our trekking sandals out and walked to three beautiful waterfalls in the vicinity. Yesterday we attempted to hike up Mt. Mouaputa, an impressive peak with a little peep hole at the very top that we’ve been admiring from down in the lagoon. The trail led steeply up through dense jungle vegetation, and we had to climb over and under branches and enormous, winding roots and stumbled over the slippery rocks when the path led up a creek. We were hoping to make it up to the ridge to get at least a glimpse of the view over the lagoon, but after 3 hours we gave up, had our picnic without a view, but in the middle of a beautiful, lush rain forest and slithered back down to the valley.

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