June 14

Today was our first full day at Tahanea and it was interesting, if not idyllic. In the morning we inflated our dinghy and put on the outboard then dinghied over to the motu nearest our anchorage with Chris and Markus who arrived at about 6am this morning. We walked around and found a nice sandy spot for Jonah to play in the water and dig for crabs. I lay down and read a book while Kate, Chris and Markus explored. By 10am dark clouds were filling in and a rain squall threatened so we retreated to the boat. By 11am the sky was completely black and rain was falling. The wind grew to 20+ knots and the chop started to build.

The anchorage is fairly well protected but as the wind moved more into the South then East we started to bounce a bit. In the afternoon I made bread - white bread, two loaves and Chris and Markus came over and we watched U571 on DVD while Jonah napped. By the time the bread was ready and the film was over it was 4:30 so we had drinks and ate warm bread. By then the wind had calmed a bit and the chop had lessened and we are not too uncomfortable, though not as comfortable as at our last anchorage on Make.

I am cooking the second half of the Yellow fin Tuna we caught yesterday and we will have fresh bread, rice and some sauteed onions with it! Tomorrow, if the weather cooperates, we plan to dive in the morning, but who knows. The sky remains overcast and it is possible these conditions will persist for several days.