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APRIL 13, 2012 5:53PM

More than a Daydream

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Long time no see!  I have been on my honeymoon, and have put about 9,000+ miles under my belt while doing so.  (Not to mention some incredible meals and unbelievable honeymoon activities.)
We took a cruise to the South Pacific.  To be exact we travelled to the Hawaiian Islands first, then Fanning Island, The Cook Islands, French Polynesia and The Marquesas Islands before returning to California.  Whew!
Me beginning honeymoon
I think since most of you know Hawaii I'll just include a photo and a painting. Then I will take you on a photo tour of the South Pacific I had never been to, and yes, it was everything you dream of and then some.**
 There is a whale breaking the surface just in front of the closest boat. Maui.
Maui painting 
Maui as I saw it. 
Where I was 
Where were you on St. Patrick's Day?  I was at the end of the arrow.   
 Fanning island approaching
Approaching Fanning Island.
Tender to Fanning 
 The tender awaiting it's turn to fill up and head to Fanning Island.
Fanning Island was a step back into time.  Having no electricity means none of the conveninces we know in modern life.  No grocery stores, no offices, no streets (much less street lights), no doctors, no dentists for the 1,300 people who live there. Their whole existence is on a piece of land 11 miles long and 7 miles wide.  Los Angeles is 3,357 miles away and Honolulu is 1210 miles away.  It is very remote, and you will feel it immediately.
Their main source of income is from seaweed farms and the next would be selling shell trinkets to the occassional cruiseship. The Japan Tsunami did about 40% damage to their farms, so the cruiseline decided to ask the passengers to contribute.  Personally we bought colored pencils, erasers, pencil sharpeners and paper to give to the tiny school.  It was on their "want" list.  Being an artist I was happy to shop for them on our last stop in Hawaii.
It was very eye opening.   It makes me more aware of how we in the rest of the (so-called civilized) world obsess on the unimportant things.
Next up was crossing the equator.  If you have never done it before they dub you a "slimey pollywog" and conduct an elaborate ceremony with King Neptune for all of the first time ship employees who are crossing.  Bottom line is they get slimed (tinted egg whites) and have to kiss a huge dead fish.  The passengers are treated to the spectacle and receive written proclamations of their crossing.  (You also get a certificate for crossing the international date line which is a different day and you do it twice.)
Crossing the Equator 
 Look closely and to the left of the guy in green pants is a huge fish being kissed,  Seated far left is Neptune.
 One of many sunsets
Just one of numerous sunsets in the South Pacific.
Then we were headed to Raitea, Cook Islands.  The first glimpse of the downtown was amazing.  The tender ride in was smooth and the promise of our first black pearls loomed.
Cook IslandAn beautiful beach in Raitea. 
RRB The view from the ship of "downtown".
Cook Island Garage 
 A car in the garage downtown.
 wanna buy
Ps-s-s-st, wanna buy a Tahitian Pearl?
The weather was hot and muggy.   At first the sun hid behind thick, wet clouds, but after welcoming showers the sun came screaming out, the kind sunglasses could barely tone down. 
We sought out a place to eat some food other than what we had on the ship, and found a bustling restaurant where some of the greatest looking food to come out of a kitchen proved just as tasty.  The name was deceiving, The Salsa Cafe.  I drew it naturally.
 **All photos and drawings by Sheila.
Next we were off to Bora Bora, but that will have to be in Part II. 

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I doubt I can catch up with all of my favorites, but I can start anew! Thanks for stopping by!
Glad to come along. I love seeing other people travel, especially honeymooners.
Oh, Sheila...I live vicariously through you....but, Geez!..9,000 miles...you need an oil change!
Oh Buffy how I envy you in so many different ways! Great to see you back among us.
Most excellent...love the travel photographs and now drawings. Looks like a great honeymoon trip. Did you kiss a dead fish?
So beautiful and romantic! What a great way to honeymoon!!
What a perfect honeymoon. Beautiful photographs and drawings! ~r
Jealousing, Sheila, but happy for you. Is the hat you're wearing in your new avatar (which I really like) a souvenir from one of the islands?
damn, I'm jealous.
I am so very happy for you, these pictures and your art are wonderful to see. I am also green with envy :)
Are you really still on your honeymoon? Beautiful photos! I'm so happy you're happy and enjoying yourself. You deserve it!
I'm so glad your honeymoon was glorious, Sheila. Welcome back with all the beautiful memories. Also thank you for the lovely card I received just before you left. Very special like you.

what a marvelous adventure ... i sense the sun is smiling as i look towards the west.
A South Pacific Sunset.....That says it all. Gorgeous stuff - can't wait for Part 2. (Welcome Home)
I crossed the dateline in the Pacific when I was thirteen. My mom said I missed my birthday. It was quite a ceremony. Thank you Thank you for taking me with you on your wonderful trip. I love your art and want to see more.
Sheila, just gorgeous. Very gorgeous places with photos and painting to match. In part II would you PLEASE show a photo of the two of you? That's all that is missing here amid such beauty. And many congrats on your wedding!!! R
beautiful places...thanks for sharing them. i'm a bit jealous of your travels.
OMG Bora Bora.....I would love to see that place. Thanks for sharing your adventures here too!
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Thanks for taking us along and sharing your lovely photos and drawings. A Saturday morning treat for me as it's grey and gloomy here yet again.

Good to have you safely back, though I guess you'd prefer to be still enjoying that honeymoon.
The first photo is magnificent. Envy and happiness for you here!
thanks for sharing these.
What wondrous adventures! I'm happy for you. Thanks for sharing your experience, in words and pictures. (Glorious pictures!)
Lovely, what else can I say?
I've been waiting for this picture show, girl and thanks for starting it. I have to tell you, that little island with no electricty and cut off from all the hubbub of the rest of the world sounds mighty nice to me.
This was great. Back from a honeymoon with a glow I can see from here. I hope you have a happy, happy life!
What a treat. I love the drawings as a counterpoint to the photos!
I am so super happy for you!!
Sheila you are just amazing and give me much courage to live till I cannot. Best of luck to you on this splendid next chapter.
I cannot believe I missed this. Great post, Buffy; always good to see you. R