Lengthy air travel is never a fun thing. My flights and layovers to the Marquesas Islands were 26 hours and consisted of 4 flights. Needless to say, I was very happy to arrive on Nuku-Hiva and have the smiling faces of Marnie and Brent waiting for me. They had rented a car for the day to pick me up and we set out on a beautiful tour of the island. 

The most surprising thing to me was that a tropical island had a pine forest near the highest elevations of around 3,000 ft. There were also trees I called Dr Seuss trees that were quite tall and many other interesting plants. The views from every overlook were spectacular! It was really great to have the perspective of having seen the entire island as my first experience. 

One of the stops on our tour was an archaeological site of 3 neighboring villages. The remnants of stone walls outlined the main square of the village and many structures. A large Banyon Tree was a grand landmark for one of the villages.

We stopped at various overlooks and points of interest, seeing many horses and chickens on the sides of the road and in pretty much every field. 

My first day was capped off by Brent making Ahi Tuna with a salad and a beautiful evening sunset!


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    Gio Jones April 14, 2022 at 8:49 am - Reply

    Wow, you guys. I read through all the Where Are We? (Predict Wind) page posts and was mesmerized by the ongoing narrative. I want to try sailing now. Lol. The Shellback t-shirts were a nice touch. Good job and keep posting!

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      Beth April 14, 2022 at 6:04 pm - Reply

      Hi Gio! How goes it in Texas? How’s the clinical trial treating you?
      That’s cool you read all the blog posts Brent posted on the crossing! I will try to keep up the regular blog posts, but we seldom have good internet service, so they will be spaced out a bit. We just arrived at our 3rd island today called Hiva-Oa.it was a 70 mile slog from Ua-Pou.
      We’re enjoying exploring, but the heat is a bit much sometimes.

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      Beth April 14, 2022 at 6:08 pm - Reply

      I accidentally replied as my website developer Belladi0, but it’s me.

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    Lesser Brent April 15, 2022 at 4:12 pm - Reply

    Looks like an incredibly beautiful place. I’ll be living vicariously through you on your journey. Thanks for posting such amazing photos and updates.

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      Beth April 21, 2022 at 1:52 pm - Reply

      Haha Lesser Brent😂. Hope we provide some minor entertainment!

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    Wiley May 2, 2022 at 7:25 pm - Reply

    Hi Brent & Marnie, its Wiley from the old SDBM boatyard. I discovered your blog after chatting with Larry Camp today who is also headed to Ireland next week to tour on his motorcycle. I’m so glad to hear that your out there cruising and I look forward to keeping up with you both on the blog. I’m happy for you both. Keep posting!!!

    • Beth
      Beth May 8, 2022 at 11:09 am - Reply

      Hi Wiley,
      Thanks! We just arrived in Fakarava in the Tuomatus this morning and have cell service again. We should have some more substantial blog posts posted soon.

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    Chuck Davi August 20, 2022 at 9:28 pm - Reply

    Hi Beth and Brent. It appears that all is going well. I kept your web addressed thought to check in. This all appears to be very exciting. I will check your exact location in the mornin. Wishing you continued smooth sailing.
    Chuck Davis

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      Beth August 20, 2022 at 10:56 pm - Reply

      It’s great to hear from you and thanks for checking on us! We arrived in Bora Bora this afternoon. It’s island #12 and our final island to visit in French Polynesia – at least for this year. We will be heading to Fiji and then New Zealand before the end of the year.
      It’s been a great adventure so far. I’m a bit behind on blog posts. I’ve got to do one for Mo’orea, Huahine, Raiatea, Taha’a and Bora-Bora to catch up! Yikes!
      Hope you’re well!

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