Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Rarotonga, part 2



Holla!  Ok so this is it...sorry but I just had to break it up into 2 posts.  

So one question we've been getting asked a lot is, Why the Cook islands?  Why did you decide to go there and how did you even find this place?  The first thing is that it was a logistical decision.  We wanted to go somewhere this summer and since we were leaving the girls with my brother and sister in law in California we needed to go somewhere that would be quick and accessible from the west coast.  Next is the fact that ever since I spent a year of college in Hawaii (at BYU-Hawaii, yes they have one there!) I have always loved the island life and have been dying to go to the South Pacific ever since.  So we started researching and looking at travel packages and accommodations and the Cook islands just kept coming up.  I think I was even more open to them because I had a roommate in college who got engaged there.  (I know!)   I still remember her pictures and thought it was an amazing place.  Additionally, we actually have a brother in law who is a Cook Islander.  He wasn't born there, but his mom was and as per the Cook Island law their family has some land there...yes we have plans to pressure him into building a family getaway.  Brilliant right?

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I loved kayaking.  Getting far enough away from the island to see it from a distance, in all it's majestic glory, was always a treat.

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One of the tours we almost passed up, ended up being one of my very favorite things we did.  A glass bottom boat, snorkeling, an amazing lunch, then a very detailed coconut explanation/demonstration.  


My above average attractive husband was pulled up to demonstrate how to tie pareos for men.  And then he was invited to do a warrior dance.  He owned it.  Obviously.        

Now this manly man (who just happens to be wearing a grass skirt) wasn't just any coconut demonstrator.  He is the reigning coconut tree climbing champion of all of Polynesia.  I'm not joking.  He climbed up and down these bad boys with ease.  The actual championship is for the person who can climb to the top, touch the coconut and be back at the bottom the fastest.  I don't know his official championship time, but he did it in 7 seconds for us.  Snap.  

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Dinner at this tree house type restaurant above, while watching the sunset progression below. 
 Perfection.
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Our hike with Pa.  So much could be said but here are the facts.  Pa is 72 years old and has 12 kids.  He hikes barefoot. Our hike was his 4,113th hike across the island.  This was a surprisingly challenging hike that took about 4 hours.  Pa shook everyone's hand in our group that morning and asked everyone's name...at which point he knew everyone's name accurately the rest of the day (about 25 people).  The only person who Pa stopped to comment about when shaking hands was my husband.  He shook B's hand, then grabbed with both hands and proclaimed, you've got good hands...healing hands...you work in the medical profession.  It wasn't a question.  Everyone was stunned to learn Pa was right.  
 That orange flower is only found in the mountains of Rarotonga.  I love that.  
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easily my favorite sign in all of Rarotonga

Goodbye Rarotonga
(in my hot pink reef shoes.)    

Believe me when I say I had to seriously edit down the photos, there is still so much I could show and say.  That being said I'm sure you're bored to tears of our virtual vacation slides.  
Thanks for humoring me!    

12 comments:

  1. Anonymous1:14 AM

    Miggy, totally not bored and love these posts. So happy you had a brilliant time in Raro, you should of come to NZ for some sightseeing while you were in the neighbourhood.

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    1. We would LOVE to go to NZ. Practically every tourist in Raro was from NZ and they were warm and lovely people.

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  2. Love it!! I dug out my old pics and had one of that same sign.

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    1. Alissa,

      I think you and your husband definitely played a part in our decision to go to Raro. So thanks!

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  3. Linda P.6:39 AM

    Definitely not bored here either, Miggy! You show us as many as you like. I find them very interesting and beautiful.

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    1. Me too! I would love to see more!

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  4. So not bored. Looks like an awesome time was had by all. Good for y'all.

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  5. If you don't mind me asking, how much does a trip to the islands average? Like place looks so amazing.

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    1. Stephanie,

      Email me and I'll give you more info!

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  6. oh, my gosh. amazing! gorgeous! fascinating! awe-some.
    love it. i could look at every single picture and never be bored. i'm impressed you could narrow it down- i had to put our trip to japan in ten (!) posts! yeah, way too much..
    thanks for sharing your beautiful adventure!
    (loved hearing about the coconut guy + pa)

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  7. Okay, that's it, I'm planning our next vacation to the South Pacific!

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  8. Wowzers. Finally catching up on blog reading (babies throw a wrench in stuff like that). This looks like such an amazing trip! Also, I reeeally want a Watch That Child sign for M's nursery. Hahaha.

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