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FIJI July - September 2015

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July 8 to 15, 2015: Flight to Fiji and the Westin Denarau Our flight from Lax to Nandi, Fiji was about 11 hours. The Fijian Airline isn’t as fancy as other airlines, but it was adequate. The nice thing is that it leaves LA at 10 PM and arrives in Fiji at 9 AM the next morning. You can get a reasonably good night’s sleep on this flight. Because I had to be back in Ann Arbor in five weeks for more cancer treatments, we decided to have a hired captain bring Argo up to Fiji from Auckland. Unfortun...
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Captain's Log New Zealand to Fiji July 20, 2015

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CAPTAINS LOG JULY 20, 2015 – FIJI #1 BULA!  From Fiji.  Our last blog was posted from Lake Taupo as we were heading back to Auckland on the last leg of our five week tour of New Zealand.  After driving on two lane roads through the beautiful farmland of the central North Island, passing the thermal fields, volcanos, and geologic wonders of the island, we drove back to Auckland and spent a week walking the city and enjoying the Chinese New Year’s Festival held in the center city.  Hundreds o...
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THE ARGONAUT The South Island by Car Feb 18, 2015

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THE SOUTH ISLAND Crossing Cook’s Strait (Jan 20):   We left Wellington on the 8:30 AM ferry to Picton, a lovely little port on the north coast of the South Island just 13 miles across Cook’s Strait.   It was a clear, sunny day with calm seas (which can get very angry during the winter season) making the 3 hour trip delightful.  The ship weaved in and out of the lovely, picturesque islands which are in reality the tops of mountains that extend from north to south in New Zealand.  They are cover...
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Captain's Log - Jan 2015 -New Zealand Auckland to Wellington

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CAPTAINS LOG – January 22, 2015               New Zealand: Auckland to Wellington We arrived back in New Zealand January 4 after a wonderful two and half months at home.  It was a busy time; we started off with a one week trip to New York City for a wonderful visit with our daughter and son-in-law, followed by a lecture I presented at the University of Michigan to economics students on the subject of “What it took for me to attain success in business.”  Next, Rebecca and I spoke over dinner to...
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THE ARGONAUT Kingdom of Tonga 8/11 to 9/21, 2014

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CAPTAIN’S LOG                     August 21 to September 30, 2014 The Kingdom of Tonga          Vava’U – Ha’Apia – Tongatapu    Samoa to Vava’U: Our 320 mile trip down to Tonga from Samoa was a rough ride, with swells from the east in the 8-10 foot range.  ARGO handles high seas very well, our stabilizers keep her from rolling or yawing very much, but the constant pitching and movement was unpleasant.   It was a beam sea, and some of the swells were so large that we rolled to starboard as t...
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The Argonaut FORCE TEN GALE September 28, 2014

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CAPTAIN’S LOG   September 21-29, 2014 Encountering a Force Ten Gale At Sea in South Pacific off the coast of New Zealand: Leaving Tongatapu required negotiating the channel between the reefs and Eau Island to the east.  The channel was boiling with an inrushing tidal current the severity of which we hadn’t seen since cruising Desolation Sound in British Columbia in 2011.  Once outside the channel we could see the waves crashing on shore and the blow holes spouting huge mists of water in the ...
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