Today was our last full day at Taiohae Bay and we were very busy. In the
morning I dropped off Kate and Jonah at the pier so they could shop for
vegetables again. It was Wednesday and there were fisherman on the pier
selling fresh fish - just point to the fish you want and tell them how to
cut it. I got one half of a Yellowfin Tuna (aka Ahe) and he filleted it
for me very quickly. I took the fish back to the boat and cut it into
three large pieces and put two of them in the freezer and the third in the
fridge for dinner.
I then went back to the pier and walked to the store to meet Kate and help
carry the groceries. We stopped at the bank to get some more money - no
more banks in the Tuomotus. But then there are no stores either...
After we got the food back to the boat I dinghied over to the fuel dock (a
separate concrete pier with huge black rubber pieces and truck tires as
fenders) to fill more jerry jugs with Diesel. We don't want to bring the
boat to the fuel dock because it is very dangerous there with the concrete
pier and swell which is always present there. Not to mention what those
huge black rubber things would do to our hull!
In the afternoon while Jonah napped, I went into town and walked to the
hardware store to see if I could buy a few more jerry jugs to use for
gasoline. Now that we have the dive compressor we will need more gas then
we are now carrying. Originally we only planned to use gas for the dinghy
outboard. I managed to find 2 2.5 gallon jugs - half the size as our
others, but better then nothing. It is supposed to be impossible to find
gas in the tuomotus (or diesel) so we want to bring as much as we can.
After that I cleaned up the decks and lashed down the diesel jugs, then
went back to the fuel dock in the dinghy to fill up the new gas jugs! Kate
meanwhile took Jonah over to Calyptus to play one last time with Victor.
Surprisingly he did not show and sadness at our leaving. Perhaps this is
because we usually see the same boats and people at each place we go, so I
think he expects to see Victor again. Alas, it will not be so. Raoul and
Claire will be heading for Papeete in August, several weeks after we leave
there. After that they are heading for Australia. But who knows, someday
we may meet again.
After I lashed down the gas jugs I went back to the town pier to pick up
Kate and Jonah. Claire and Victor were with them and we all went back to
Calyptus for a farewell drink (Raoul made "Paunch" - a French
concoction of Rum, sugar and lemon juice, very strong). Then back to the
Queen Jane for dinner (Jonah had grilled cheese sandwich and Kate and I
had Tuna in Saffron and Garlic Aoili with String Beans and Leeks, and rice
of course. Jonah is ready for stories and its my turn, so I must say Bon
Nui and Au Revoir.