Adventures and Misadventures

Contradictions – A Rant

by Jessi November 13, 2014

My sweet tentacly god, this place is schizophrenic. American Samoa is at once a vibrant and depressed country: where the residents are fiercely proud of their Samoan identity and culture, while also having become one of the biggest welfare states in America. A place where you can get a dental checkup and a filling, along with almost any other routine doctor’s visit for $15 total, but where the local McDonald’s has an “after school special” of a “Baby Mac” for $2 and where there aren’t even any McfreakingSalads for a little bit of roughage to go along with your meat(?) […]

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Leaving Polynesia

by Dane August 29, 2013

Boz loved Bora Bora. I did too. More than last time, during which Jessi and I agreed it was just so-so. But there’s something about it that was much more appealing this time. Maybe it was the mountain, maybe the hiking, or the people, or some combination thereof. Granted, we spent a boat-load of money we probably shouldn’t have, buying one $18 cheeseburger (!?!?!) per day to “pay our rent” on the MaiKai Marina moorings. (Note, eating just one meal per mooring day is not their official policy, but moorings are $10/day after the first day or $50/week). But it’s […]

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Rangiroa Redeuxdeux

by Dane August 29, 2013

The last month has been a hectic whir of life experiences and boatwork. I am writing from the boatyard in Raiatea (yes, back at the boatyard, but not in it) where we’ve been tied to the dock for almost two weeks, repairing the windvane autopilot and sanding, scraping, Cetol-ing the wood. This evening we depart, bound westward toward Suwarrow and American Samoa, approximately 700 and 1150 nautical miles distant, respectively. But I’m getting ahead of myself… Rangiroa was magnificent, as always. Within minutes of stepping ashore on a random stretch of the main road, our friends Mamia and Evotia drove […]

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Close Reach to Rangiroa

by Dane August 3, 2013

Ahh… floating at last. Always a good feeling. With Cadence back in the water, we set about our final recommissioning tasks. After a few days in the slip and one on the quay in Uturoa, we motored out Raiatea’s Teavapiti pass, bound 250 miles for Rangiroa. The forecast called for one day of relative calm, followed by an increasing SE wind, a sufficient direction for our ENE passage. We motored through the evening and early hours, first heading East rather than ENE, in anticipation of the winds to come. Eventually they did. A few hours of cozy sailing on a […]

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Rangiroa Redux

by Jessi January 27, 2013

Rangiroa carried some emotional weight with us, since Dane had been here 2 years prior and had some really formative experiences with his brother and the local rowdy gang of hard-partying dudes (and some babes). I saw the pictures and heard his stories, and I was aware that there were some big flip-flops to fill on this isolated atoll. But before we could even cross the bridge of reacquainting with the infamous Benoit and his merry band of fishermen, we had to deal with the gendarme, the local cops, who would hopefully be able to give us an extension on […]

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