The idea was to get off the boat and stretch our legs. We had been to swim with the rays the day before, but that doesn’t really count. Our feet hadn’t touched land in a few days and we thought a little walk would do us good. The Mo’orea Agricultural Center looked like it was close to the head of the cove we were anchored in, so we hailed Wondertime and met at the beach in our dinghies.
As it turned out it took a pretty long time to get all the way up to the Agricultural Center. When we got there the kids were all pooped and it looked like we would be lucky to get back to the beach without carrying them most of the way. After a little ice cream though we were all talking about continuing up the mountain to the Belvedere lookout. We did have a few stops along the way for refueling (cheese, crackers, carrots, granola) but amazingly all 4 kids made it up to the lookout. We pulled out the last of our provisions expecting to dash back to the dinghies as soon as they were sugared up, but somehow, miraculously, the kids all got interested in this amazing nature trail and we headed off on a little loop hike to a “private” lookout.
Ruby and Leah made a fairy house while the adults just looked out over Cook’s and Opunohu Bays in wide eyed wonder. After relaxing for longer than we could have hoped we started back, stopping along the way and detouring through the woods once more. It was an unexpected and rewarding day for the adults and the kids fell dead to the world asleep after a quick pasta dinner.