Well ok, they had burgers, I had local fare, but we’ll get to that later.
We started the day with an awesome cool mountain stream shower at the dinghy dock, then washed some clothes at the spigot in a bucket. Then, once the necessities were complete, we went for a walk just down the road to a site with some ancient petroglyphs. We brought our swimsuits along too since we were informed there’s a swimming hole at the stream just by the site of the rock drawings.
The hike goes up a dirt track on a mountainside for several kilometers, and as we walked we passed all kinds of fruit trees ripe for the picking. we forded the stream once before reaching the swimming hole, and once we reached it, we found dozens of freshwater cleaner shrimp ready to exfoliate our feet once we jumped in the water.
We hung out there for a bit, then made our way in the opposite direction on the fork in the path and found a giant boulder scrawled with images of men and other symbols we couldn’t quite make out. I hope to see tikis that beat this out along the way but overall it was an ok first look. On the way down we snacked on a papaya Frank knocked out of a tree and then made our way to town (hitchhiking) to the Snack Make Make for lunch.
Get this: Jason’s cheeseburger and fries plus my poisson cru (local dish of raw fish marinated in coconut milk) and two local beers cost almost $40 U.S.! Lesson learned: French Polynesia is WAY expensive! But the burger was fresh and beefy tasting and the fish was exquisite, so maybe we just call that our one meal out and we’re ok.
In the morning we leave for Ua Pou, so I’ll try to get new pics up tonight.
6 Responses to Cheeseburgers in Paradise
did you get to keep the cool glass for that price?! I love a good shrimp pedicure, don’t you?
Soooo cool! I will check out the tuna recipe! So happy you made it safely over the longest days at sea!
That was one expensive burger!! Holy crap!! Glad it was tasty and I certainly hope the beer was cold for that price! Guys, you are definitely not in the US anymore : )
A closer look at the photos today (Gram’s here, says hi) shows …monkeys! in the petroglyphs. What’s the diff between a heiro and a petro? (sounds like the opening to a bad Vegas stage act)
I’ll have to look up the diff between hiero and petro but I don’t think those can be monkeys since they don’t exist on any of these islands. They must be men, but that’s a point for the evolution argument if you ask me!
Eat the wild fruit and “fresh catch of the day” from the Tahina! As Sissy said “#@%”! Hope you enjoyed your monthly dinning out experience. It was so good to hear your voice and know the passage went well and is behind you. Onto more adventures!!