Wednesday, June 10, 2009
  Yep, definitely Fiji. OFFICIALLY.

Flight: Los Angeles to Nadi

Traveler names: Christopher C***, Stacey (me!)

Los Angeles (LAX) to Nadi (NAN) 10/22/09 11:30 pm - 5:10 am Air New Zealand 4011 Operated By: AIR PACIFIC

Nadi (NAN) to Los Angeles (LAX) 10/31/09 10:00 pm - 1:20 pm Air New Zealand 4010 Operated By: AIR PACIFIC

I opted out of Sydney, since flying there first was going to put a bit of a dent in our enjoying-ourselves time. You know, the Sydney-Fiji flight is 4 hrs, back and forth, plus airport and travel time... Since we only have about 10 days (Chris's work), I decided to not spend an extra full day travelling, even if it meant seeing Australia for a couple of days. Australia has just been added to the list of things we can do later. :)

So yep, we have about 8.5 days in Fiji. Wooo!

Fiji is a group of islands. You get between them via boat or plane. We want to go to three places:

Viti Levu

Namely, Beqa:

The Mamanucas:

Apparently that's where Castaway was filmed?

And Taveuni, the Garden Island:

That will be us! :D

I got my Fiji guide and now have to figure out where we're going when, where we're staying, etc. It's a great place to dive and snorkel, and the reason we picked Fiji over somewhere flatter is that there are places to hike and explore. I can't wait!

An aside: I actually did do research to make sure that the animal situation in Fiji wasn't one that would depress me. They have strays there, but they look happy and well-fed.
You suck!!! :)

(Verification word: condo - first time I've seen a real word in there)
Hey, there are some of us that do follow your blog. I started when doing searches for animal rescue and such. Love the trips, gives my wife and I interesting ideas...Our trip is around yours. Trade you pictures! I was in Fiji many years ago. You'll enjoy it!!
Me again, checking bloglines there are 8 subscribers to your blog.....

Yay - you're back. I'm so jealous of your trip btw.
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I'm Stacey. I'm a 31(!)-year-old Wisconsin girl living in sunny South Florida. The highlights in my life are my lovely boyfriend, my aloof cats, my adorable/adoring stepdogs, my two lumbering tortoises, select family members, being outside, being underwater, taking pictures, yadda yadda. Stay tuned for lots of babbling!

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Making a difference

A small boy lived by the ocean. He loved the creatures of the sea, especially the starfish, and he spent much of his time exploring the seashore.

One day the boy learned there would be a minus tide that would leave the starfish stranded on the sand.

When the tide went out, he went down to the beach, began picking up the stranded starfish, and tossing them back into the ocean.

An elderly man who lived next door came down to the beach to see what the boy was doing. Seeing the man's quizzical expression, the boy paused as he approached. "I'm saving the starfish!" the boy proudly declared.

When the neighbor saw all of the stranded starfish he shook his head and said: "I'm sorry to disappoint you, young man, but if you look down the beach, there are stranded starfish as far as the eye can see. And if you look up the beach the other way, it's the same. One little boy like you isn't going to make much of a difference."

The boy thought about this for a moment. Then he reached his small hand down to the sand, picked up another starfish, tossed it out into the ocean, and said: "Well, I sure made a difference for that one!"

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