They say a picture is worth a thousand words. Unfortunately(for me) it is also worth about a thousand dollars to Stratos (KVH), the f***ers who bill me for my oh-so-pricey at sea satellite internet service. It takes an age to upload, so no photos until the next blog entry which will hopefully be via wifi at Niue.
We visited Aitutaki, which may well have been a beautiful spot. Trouble is, the weather was dire, so I was not really given to exploring it. It was only possible to anchor outside the reef, but we saw some whales there, which was most edifying.
Then on 200 miles west to Palmerston Atoll, which as you may have guessed, was named after the British prime minister, Lord Atoll.
This is inhabited by 70 people, who are all descended from one man, William Marsters. There is no airstrip, and a supply ship only visits once every eight months.
It is a beautiful place, a paradise if you will, but remote in the extreme. The people are ultra-friendly and charming, and not the inbred morons one might expect. There is a church, a school, and the Cook Islands government have just installed trlephones. “This used to be a peaceful place”, one inhabitant told me, “but now these blasted phones won’t stop ringing”
Marina says this trip is easy and presents little challenge. It is the hope of all of us that she is correct.