In my last post, I talked about what Mom Nature gives you. We wanted to go to the Bay of Islands but the weather was being difficult so we moved across the atoll to SuSui instead.
Unplanned but wonderful none the less as these folks get very few visitors. It all starts with the village tour. A friendly greeting from the kids.
Son George played a game art the school. BTW, Mom introduced him as Baby Boy George. Thereafter, the villagers called him Baby Boy in an accent that only the Fijians can do.
There was the usual hospitality as we were invited into their homes.
Baby Boy wanted to try his hand at husking Cocoanuts.
And then the process of turning it into milk.
Of course there was the inevitable goofing around.
Hard to believe he was a Magna Cum Laude triple engineering major at Duke with a Masters in Electrical Computer Engineering from Stanford. Oh well Baby Boy.
He wasn’t much better at climbing Cocoanut trees.
We also went on a tour of the island. Kim and Paul made some ground level attempts at dislodging cocoanuts (without success).
Geo made another attempt with little more success – climbing coconut palms is much tougher then it looks.
One of the locales did it right.
The result was some delicious coconut water and cocoanut mouse – very refreshing.
Deb and Kim found some beautiful (and rare) Nautilus shells on the beach.
A happy Kim and Paul.
Some nice beach shots.
We also went back into the bush to see where the villagers lived in caves generations before. Now it is home to the pigs with some very ancient graves in the caves.
On the way back, we stopped by a copra dryer.
It takes a lot of cocoanuts and about 2 days of drying time to process the meat. They receive about $250 a ton – not much.
Well, we never made the Exploring Isles with the weather as we had to make north to stay on schedule. Sometimes what the weather takes away, you get back in other ways.