Tuesday, July 28, 2015


These manta rays in Bora Bora were about 14' from wingtip
to wingtip.
One evening at dinner, we were discussing the relative poverty levels of much of the world compared to the U.S. and other first-world countries. This, of course, was a rarity since most dinnertime topics seem to be either the boys discussing "strategy" about how to kill zombies in their one iPad game or us trying to explain why putting a piece of food the size of a baseball onto your fork is not considered to be good manners.  But I digress...back to world poverty. Mark chimed in with, "Well, we're poor, because we don't have a lot."

The piñata we made for Conrad's birthday party.
I can see how it might seem that way to a seven-year old who has lived and travelled on a boat for a good chunk of his life (especially the part he actually remembers). We live in a small space, compared to a house. We are careful to not waste water or electricity. Fresh fruits and vegetables are sometimes limited. We rarely have unlimited internet with which to play certain awesome zombie-killing iPad games. We don't own a car and most of our travel is at the blistering pace of 4 to 7 knots.

Now, we destroy it. The kids jumped into the water
after the candy that flew in after the piñata broke.
Mark's right that we don't have a lot of material possessions compared to folks on land. But poor? As we sit in a scenic anchorage in Bora Bora, our boat is more 'ocean-front' than any of the ritzy hotels with over-water cabins that surround us. We have the luxury of being able to explore places at a more leisurely pace than tourists that are limited by 1 or 2 weeks of vacation. Our family is together all the time. (Okay, that one can be a double-edged sword.  But considering how fast kids grow up, I would much rather err on the side of too much togetherness.) I think we're far from poor. You may disagree (Mark apparently does) or even question my sanity (you would not be the first). Vive la difference!
A view of our anchorage from the main island of Bora Bora.
Today, we head into town to stock up on fresh produce and top off our diesel, gas, propane and baguette stores before we head to the Cook Islands. The wind, waves and weather for the near future are less than ideal, as we bump up against our visa end. That being said, Wednesday is shaping up to be an acceptable day to leave. We have enjoyed our stay in French Polynesia but are eager for what's next.


  1. Right on!!
    Our whole lives are governed by our perspective.

  2. It is good that Mark struggling with such an issue at early age. He will have a life long drive to be successful and yet learned how to live simple life.


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