We spent the next two days at RCI doing absolutely nothing. I had a F$30, 45-minute massage (are you kidding me?), and we walked around a little but mostly just enjoyed the view and the tranquility and the quiet of being away from civilization again. On Wednesday, along with Baraka we took the river ride through the mangroves in our dinghies. At the end of the lone we anchored and walked over to the Intercontinental Hotel. Another WOW! It sits in a pretty bay with more hues of blue than the eye can behold. The hotel itself is fairly new and just perfect. We so wanted to stay! We browed the shops, took photos and had a lunch that made our taste buds tingle. For dessert (had to have that) we ordered the banana tempura sundae. Bliss in a flute! It was so good we wanted to lick the bottom of the sundae glass. Frank and I inquired at the desk about rooms and rates and were so impressed that we are thinking of taking a long weekend trip here from Australia early next year.
Thursday morning we returned to Vuda because our friends Jaime and Christine had returned that morning from a month long trip back to CA, and we had some birthdays to celebrate. Christine's is July 31, Frank's is August 2nd and Jan's will be August 10th. Frank called ahead and asked Glen and Sally to make a reservation at the yacht club for dinner and to gather everyone there that we knew to join us. Dinner was a great celebration, and we were joined by friends from Scarlett O'hara and Toketie as well. It was so nice to see everyone again. We didn't stay long because we had to be back at Musket Cove by August 1 to join up with the rally group headed to Vanuatu. I had a really difficult time saying goodbye to Sally. She and I had become very close and seem to be so much alike one another that I felt part of me was being ripped away. She and Glen have become very precious to both Frank and I over these past few months, so when it was time to go I got pretty teary. We vowed to see them again and know that we will because they live in our very favorite US city: San Diego. They will be leaving Fiji soon to make their way back to California, via Hawaii. We send them our prayers and our love.
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