Just Like The Picture
For reasons I never quite got figured out, there are a TON of roosters in Tahiti. Chickens in general, really. One such hen, rooster and chicks family had taken up residence on the grounds of our hotel.
Good news = Growing up in a city, I've never been this close to a rooster outside of a zoo. The iridescence of a rooster's tail feathers glinting in the sunshine is quite beautiful.
Bad news = Roosters crow very, very early in the morning. I am not a morning person.
Days #1 - 10 - The Green
Day #4 - Sunrise on the Boat
Days #1 - 10 - The Water
I could post a zillion pictures just of the water. The water in Tahiti is incredibly clear, almost surreally so. We snorkeled, kayaked, rode Waverunners, swam, and generally spent every moment we weren't sight seeing in the water. Although we've seen some beautiful beaches before, the beaches of French Polynesia top our list by far for the most beautiful.
Good news = The water is so clear that you can see fish and corals standing on shore.
Bad news = A Tahitian lagoon is not a great place to be if you are at all leery about swimming elbow to elbow with ocean life. Thankfully, I am not squeamish about fish touching me.
Lastly - The Rainbows
Due to the fact that it rains (just a little bit) almost every day in Tahiti, rainbows are prevalent. We saw at least three full rainbows, and a few partials that were fading away. Below are pics from two different days.
It's all good news with a rainbow.
Usually, our adoption is at the forefront of my mind. It seems as though it's with me almost every waking moment in some way, influencing some future decision, or simply hanging out in my mind as a "someday" possibility. I was surprised at how well I was able to immerse myself in the trip and forget, just for a little while, that our lives are still waiting to change. It was more than a little overdue, and frankly, a welcome relief. Truly, a trip of a lifetime.