About a week ago, our friend Giorgio on Hoa Motu joined us in Opunohu Bay, Moorea. The last time we had seen him was in Boston earlier this year. Now, with all of us being back on our boats, our encounters felt much more natural; the environment more enjoyable. It was hard to believe that so much had happened since our last reunion… After spending two fun (and late!) nights together, the three of us geared up for another hike on the island. Mark and I had tried earlier to find the Trois Cocotiers (Three Palms) pass and viewpoint, but failed. This time, we had a general idea of where to go, since we could spot the palm trees from down in the valley. As usual, no signs were to be found, but we felt confident about our pathfinder skills. First, we made it all the way to the Belevedere, where we had enjoyed the vistas on prior occasions and then we set out to the west. We disappeared into the forest and hiked amongst trees, ferns and stretches of pretty bamboo. We crossed a few rivers, picked the left fork at a split, climbed up and then down again. We walked and walked, quite level most of the way and … never found our destination!
|Mount Rotui along the road|
|View from the Belvedere: Opunohu Bay, Mount Rotui and Cook's Bay|
|Edible "fruit" along the trail|
|Many people have walked along this part of the trail!|
|Which way do we go?|
|Pineapple plantation close to the road|
|Making shrimp/onion/pineapple skewers the "artsy" way|