This blog is posted mostly everyday when we take a break from our usual retired Life as former full-time RVer's and travel overseas.

Friday, January 8, 2016

Leaving Fiji Today


I know we left Fiji almost a month ago (though our hearts will never leave Fiji), but we just wanted to post the final day of our trip.




Our bure where we Lived Life in the slow lane.




All packed and ready to go before breakfast. We weren’t actually leaving the island until around 5 tonight, but we needed to vacate our bure as the next guests were arriving at 10:30 and they needed to get it ready for them.




We are going to miss our fresh, as in really, really fresh, fruit bowl in the morning.




Lucky us, the morning trip was snorkeling.




If you have a later departure on the day you leave Navini, you move to what is called the day room, and is it ever nice. You’d think they do this on purpose to make sure you want to return to Navini sometime.




The morning outing where new friends are quickly made.




Sand Cay in sight.




Snorkel babe ready for some fun.




Snorkel babe having fun.




First fish.



Blue and yellow fish.




Why Linda overcame her fear of having her face in the water and learned to snorkel. She can see these fish from a few feet away in the water rather than as a photo.





Linda was joking about this hermit crab she found on the beach, at least she was until it grabed her finger with its claw. Laughing Bob, Screeching Linda.




Another part of the beach and this time she found a hermit crab with a number on its back. Just like the other one, this one also didn’t like being picked up and grabed her with its claw. Screeching Louder Linda.




Back on Navina. We really didn’t want our stay to end.




With Linda being distracted sharing photos at lunch, it meant I could eat all four rolls. Growing Bob.




Big trouble. They’ve refilled the roll basket and dessert has arrived. Looking at Linda’s smile all she cares about is her dessert so the rolls are all mine. Blimp Bob.




Everyone gets the opportunity to sign the register and leave a note when they leave. Linda looked at the register for some time. I asked her if she would like me to write the note. Her ”YES” was accompanied by a big smile. Good Bob.




More snorkeling after lunch. We will never think of a starfish the same way again.




The reef around Navini was badly damaged by a tropical cyclone a few years ago, but if you swim out to the edge there a many fish.




What can I say, It’s my last chance to post some of the hundreds and hundreds of underwater photos I took.




Some fish are so camouflaged they are hard to see.




We will return.




It was unreal just how far in enjoying the water, Linda had come in just two weeks.




Time to leave, our shoes were in the plastic bag since we had to wade into the water to board the boat.




A last view of our little slice of paradise.




Leaving on a jet plane, don’t know when we’ll be back again. But rest assured Navini, we will be back again.




Ten hours later, back in the USA.




Nearing Sacramento where we spent the holiday’s with family.




I’ve always loved the sculptures in the baggage claim area of this terminal at the Sacramento airport. And with that we end another extended trip across the ocean. So until our next trip, which is coming up in late February, when we head off to Norway and England, may your Life be filled with wonderful adventures.                  

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Last Full Day in Fiji

This post is a little late as we been back in the States for nearly a month. I had it written but Windows LiveWriter and Google Blogger stopped talking to each other that day. LiveWriter has subsequently been open sourced, so with some file transfer magic I can post this. Retama is awesome but Fiji is awesomer.


Not every day can be blue skies and light waves and today proved the truthfulness of that. Could it be that rather than an abrupt transition from paradise to reality, we were going to easing back into what once was.


Tomato worm at work. And to make her completely ecstatic, just after I took this photo I gave her my three slices of tomato. Happy Linda.


If breakfast is over, it must be time to order lunch.


There is not one thing there that isn’t absolutely mouthwatering good, making it, as always, hard to chose. Chicken burger and pineapple dessert for me, the Thai egg salad and chocolate chip ice cream for Linda.


A light rain was falling as I came back to the bure, Linda staying behind to get her morning facebook fix. Later, as she entered the bure she accused me of not washing my feet before going inside. I said I had. She pointed out the evidence I hadn’t.


Outside the entrance each bure is a water spigot and pan of water. You can see the sand in the container proving that I did indeed wash my feet off before entering. What can I say, nobody is perfect, and by now while Linda should know that I come as close to perfection as anyone has, I do very occasionally mess up. Slightly Imperfect Bob.


I see wind and rain bringing down flowers on the path. Linda sees sand tracked into the bure. The poet and the practical, what a pair we make.


A hollowed out log and two heavy sticks. The beat of the drum call us to meals


Last evening I was berated, to put is extremely mildly, for enjoying the aroma, taste, texture and flavor of four rolls. Today at noon Linda had a roll and I had none. There wasn’t even the faintest hint of praise for my starving myself. Hungry Bob.


Usually the seaweed that washes up is green, but it looked like the wind driven waves had been strong enough to pull masses of seaweed out by their purple roots. Beauty is where you find it.


And just to prove that Navini is not perfect, this section of the beach is rocky with masses of dead coral thrown up on it.

The daily 4:30 volleyball game. The sides vary depending on who wants to play and the score doesn’t matter. Any participation by Linda and I was as spectators.


Some days the beach is pristine and some days there is seaweed galore. Seaweed or not, we will be very sad to say goodbye to Navini tomorrow.


During your stay you can have dinner on the beach one evening. Tonight being our last night here, we were having ours. If the weather is calm you can literally eat right out on the beach. With the wind and light rain of tonight we were eating on the beach, but under a shelter.


Dressed to the nines, Navini style.


We even had candle light.


Navini, a very special place.