It was so difficult for David and I say good-bye to Casey last week after having such an incredible time with him on Sidewinder, and now.........we also say good-bye to all of our wonderful friends at Musket Cove. What an amazing journey we are on! What a joy to have Casey Sobolewski share with us our wonderful adventure; we miss him bigtime! We surfed, snorkeled, did some great dives, had many yummy BBQ's with the gang at Musket, partied with the greatest of friends, and had very precious quality time just BEING with dear Casey. He is such a wonderful, gentle, kind, compassionate soul, and I am so proud to be in his life. David was so touched with his "most mellow son in the world" and what a blessing to have him want to come spend this time with us in our small space on Sidewinder. Now that he has returned to his own bed ( I am sure feels so so nice :)) and his life with friends and family, we are now moving onward, having to say some of our own farewells to our Fijian family in Musket and our dear friends. As I have said before, it is for me, one of the most difficult part of this cruising lifestyle. It is so special to bond with new friends and know our friendships will last forever. The countless early morning hikes with Lynn, Brigette, and others were so great for me; having a chance to share ideas, thoughts, and feelings with other women, is so up-lifting. Dear Earnie, from Lauren Grace, is so kind, funny, warm, and willing to help everyone; what a treat to have him in our lives. Sue and Andrew, Geoff, and Don will always be wonderful friends we will find back in Musket Cove and Nandi, where they do their best to make lives more fun and enjoyable for all. We will miss Leanne and John on Redsky, as well as Monica and Tom on Tanga; what fun we have had with them surfing, dancing, laughing, and just enjoying life together. Sorry to miss giving John on Zazoo a big hug and thank you, as well. The pictures will tell the story and I know that I have said enough.
We are heading to Lautoka right now and will check out of Fiji this morning, given an updated favorable weather forecast. Our plan is to sail to Vanuatu and explore those beautiful islands until mid-October, when we will need to start our journey north up to Pohnpei, the most eastern island in Micronesia. The other possibility would be to go to New Caledonia and Australia, but I think we are leaning toward moving north for more surfing and diving adventures. Leaving Fiji is the first step..........and very hard to do without tears, for me. It is always easier when you know that someday we might possibly return. This is paradise, indeed, and it would not be so without such lovely people. What a gift to be here for so long!!!!
Hope all is well on the homefront and lots of love to all of you! Suzi and David