It’s a fine fine evening here in beautiful downtown Anaho Bay. Wind is down, squall activity has been sufficient to rinse the deck and our snorkeling gear, and the sun plentiful enough to dry out the morning laundry of pillow cases. It was a darn quiet day for us, I did not sleep all that well last night so I spent a fair bit of the morning sleeping, and Kristen has been working on her pictures with her laptop.
There is a building marked as a church, set back beneath the palm trees and sandy beach – and there has been singing coming from that building for most of the day. I am convinced that it must be a recording being played, unless the person singing can belt it out like nobody’s business! The building is quiet now. There are roughly a dozen structures in the bay, and we’ve worked out that the fellows go off with three horses in the morning, return with all three horses loaded with big white bags (coconuts, most likely), the horses are walked out into the water to the waiting runabout boat, bags loaded into boat, and off four fellows drove in the boat; they were gone for about an hour. Perhaps they are making copra?
Went for our best snorkel here so far, straight off the boat and swam a ways towards the fringing rock reef. Lots of corals, sandy patches in between, and loads of reef fish. We’ve been told by several people that we should NOT each the reef fish due to ciguaterra poisoning; my understanding is that ciguaterra is an algae that blooms on the corals, it’s poisonous, the fish ingest it when they eat algae on the corals, and the fish simply accumulate it over time. Doesn’t kill the fish, but it’s not good for people. Not a problem for us as we have no interest in killing and eating reef fish – we were here for looking at them!
And tonight on the radio net listened in to a hilarious conversation between a Scotsman on one boat and not sure of the other boat’s provenance, and the key take away is there are 9 boats hunkered down in Tahanea waiting for the strong winds to blow through, that many boats must be record setting, and the Scotsman would head over to Fakarava to re-provision when they ran out of whatever they ran out first – propane, food, dinghy fuel, they were bound to run out of something and then would have to shift atolls to hit the town. I like that attitude – we’re here until we need to shift over to somewhere else, with no set time at all.
Mayaluga is under way from Taiohae – their engine head has arrived, been installed, and they are on the road again. I heard they had been in Taiohae for 5 weeks waiting for their parts. And Coastal Drifter is in Taiohae, planning to sail south through more of the Marquesas next week.
I checked Tiger Beetle in to the net, and was reminded once again of the nice anchorage here when the Net Controller said, “Yes – you’re in the best bay in the Marquesas, you should enjoy it!”
Dinner here is finished, we have a crescent moon tonight (there’s been no moon until tonight), a bit of squally rain coming by and rinsing the boat again, we’ve been enjoying the evening and will figure out what we’d like to do tomorrow. Thoughts are to do a dinghy tour of the bay, and later put on the dinghy wheels run the dinghy in through the boat channel through the reef to the beach and go for a bit of a walk.
Enjoy the evening!