Mom Goes Wild In The Jungle
The adventures with mom continue and as per usual, life on a boat never goes as planned. We wanted to show Mary the deeper side of Mo‘orea but ran into some issues with our air compressor. So, in lieu of sinking down and exploring the watery depths of this volcanic island, we head up and into the visually intoxicating belly of the crater.
Prehistoric views, lumbering trees, jurassic sized flora and fields of pineapples ahead. Oh, and plenty of bugs too, so you may want to bring your lemongrass oil along.
These iconic South Pacific views are mesmerizing…worth every step and drop of sweat! And lets face it, watching anyone’s mom climb up a papaya tree is a damned good day.
Mary is and always has been an adventure of a human. She is rarely the voice of caution but rather the instigator and main character in more tales than I am allowed to recount. While I realize you’re only getting a fraction of her personality here, trust me when I say, the papaya doesn’t fall far from the tree. It is the instigator in them that I love most.
The Million Dollar Question
Since we started publishing these stories of French Polynesia the questions have been flooding in.
What island is the best? What should I focus my time on when I get there?
All of them and everything is what I want to say. It’s an impossible question to answer. The experience as a whole is what defines a place for me. It’s not individual slices. But I understand the question. If you are heading to Moorea or any Island in French Polynesia, my advice would be to diversify. Variety is the spice of life and these islands have a lot to offer. Split your time between land and sea adventures. It’s a guarantee that if you get out to explore, there will be something to discover.
EPIC FAMILY ADVENTURES
Jason’s family is an adventurous bunch and we’ve created a lot of memories together over the years. Here are some worth checking out:
- Sailing With The Family – Good and Bad: gonewiththewynns.com/sweet-salty-sailing-with-family
- Ice Climbing A Glacier: gonewiththewynns.com/ice-climbing-alaska-tragic-mistake
- Alaska Fishing, Glaciers & Whales: gonewiththewynns.com/seward-alaska-fishing-glaciers-whales
- Whitewater Rafting & Wild Camping: gonewiththewynns.com/hope-alaska-whitewater-wild-camping
Sharing this unsedentary lifestyle and what we learn along the way is possible because of viewers like you. If you like what you see, there are lots of FREE ways you can show your support. Thank you for being a part of the journey.
RESOURCES & GEAR IN THIS VIDEO
Sailing Specific Gear
- Chartplotter: https://amzn.to/2xHqxsV
- Garmin InReach: gonewiththewynns.com/product/inreach-satellite-communication-and-tracking
- iPad Mount at Helm: https://amzn.to/2RWRz95 Using iPad Pro: http://amzn.to/2d9Oopf
- Sailing/Navigation/Weather Apps:
- iNavx: http://bit.ly/GWTWinavx
- Active Captain: http://bit.ly/active_captain
- Weather, Messaging & Email: gonewiththewynns.com/product/iridium-go-predictwind
Nikki’s Flip Flops – These are adventure flip flops and I find them incredibly comfortable. (from Astral – https://amzn.to/2WV74k2)
Internet On A Sailboat
- Sony rx10: https://amzn.to/2QAHxwx
- Sony rx100: gonewiththewynns.com/product/productsony-dsc-rx100m-iii-cyber-shot-digital-still-camera
- Go Pro: https://amzn.to/2ALaz3d
- Virb (camera with sailing stats): gonewiththewynns.com/product/virb
- Drone: https://amzn.to/2VQ2pzi
Music for vids
- Source: http://bit.ly/artlist-gwtw
- Artists Used In This Video: Giants and Pilgrims / Ziv Moran / Ian Post
To see our full map with interactive pins, click here: gonewiththewynns.com/map
- Dates: August 3-9, 2018
- Anchorage: Opunohu Bay, Moorea, French Polynesia
Hi Nikki and Jason,
I read about your mineral make-up. That is good for your face, what do you and Jason, do for full cover sun protection?
Thanks for sharing your adventures. I LOVE them and live vicariously through them. 🙂 I had adventures long ago, new cultures and people are the best parts.
Another beautiful video. Just watched Going RV, had Jason and Nikki’s segment when buying the Vesta. Seems so strange, but ya’ll have not changed/aged. Happy travels , be safe.
Thank you Mary, Nikki and Jason. Just as Jason said, everywhere you look its Awesome and Beautiful.
I see more greenery compared to brown earthy colors. Large, leafy greenery. Awesome on my computer screen. It must be out-of-this-world for you guys. Jurassic-like.
Yes, the more inland we go, the more green, lush and fruitful everything gets!
Beautiful country. I especially love the shots from the drone. How hard is it to learn to fly that drone. I’d really like to get one, but afraid I might loose it, out in the wild somewhere. Would love to hear your feedback on flying one.
There’s a learning curve of course, but to some degree the cheaper the drone, the harder it is to fly. If you move up to something like the DJI Phantom 3 or newer they get easier to fly. If you find yourself getting out of control, just let go of all the knobs and the drone will stop & hover until you figure out what you’re doing wrong. (We personally have a Phantom 3 and I’m horrible at things like video games but can still do an okay job flying it.) The DJI Mavic Pro is the next generation after the Phantom and has some built-in collision avoidance, and the Spark has some “intelligent flight controls” that mean it will fly itself. There are plenty of videos on flying them, how intuitive they are, etc.
Thanks, been looking at the Mavic, still have to do some research. Thanks again for the info.
Love the mother child bonding!
The video probably didn’t show what it really is like but it was close, I look forward to your videos it brightens up the dark dreary day of winter, by the way, do the cats get seasick? I know you are having fun just keep up so we can enjoy it.
The cats hunker down when it gets bumpy but don’t get seasick.
12 miles? You all are in good shape and especially Mary showing us how to climb a tree. OK, now Jason’s challenge showing us that he can climb a tree. Just kidding. He has already challenged a tree. Great video.
Larry G. Hammond.
Nikki when do we get to see your Mon and/or Dad:)
Nikki was raised by her grandmother who has since passed away. You can read more about her backstory (and Jason’s) here: https://www.gonewiththewynns.com/nomads-settlers-backstory
Excellent videography once again!
Hint… Ditch the flip-flops… unless you’re in the shower. They offer no support or protection for your feet on trails, hikes or walking on pavement.
These are adventure flip flops and I find them incredibly comfortable. (from Astral – https://amzn.to/2WV74k2) I knew we were in for decent terrain so I took the chance with the flip flops. I do have proper hiking shoes from the same company but just felt like floppin’ it for the day. 😉
Another masterpiece of storytelling! You make our Sunday coffee or after dinner wind down entertaining. Hope your compressor is fixed by now. Do tell what the issue(s) was. Bauer is normally a really good product. Cheers and thank you for sharing.
How long are you two staying in this area? Whats next?
We have a few more things to explore in the Tahiti/Moorea area then it’s off to the other islands!
Enjoying my Sunday morning coffee and your video. I’m living vicariously through you this morning from Alberta, Canada where it’s a solid -40 outside. I’ve been with you from the very beginning and have loved how the quality of your content and shooting/ editing just gets better and better.
I so appreciate you letting me tag along on your adventures.
Beautiful place. I echo the comment earlier….flip flops and hiking? Amazing. Thanks again.
Ha ha, yes I don’t normally wear flip flops for such an adventure but these aren’t your average flip flops. : ) These are adventure flops and I find them incredibly comfortable. From Astral – https://amzn.to/2WV74k2
Mary, Mary, never contrary! Love your adventures. Thank you so much for sharing each week.
Great video, your timing is great, I have my second cup of coffee while I watch!
I actually got to enjoy my Sunday morning coffee with this early morning post, thank you!
What a great birthday week! So many fun adventures packed in this last time. Makes me want to come back more often! I will keep my space, Nikki may think differently of me if I increase my visits. Nice words, Nikki. I feel the same way about you!
We collected a lot of food on that hike ( the reason for my tree climb ); mango, avocado, another fruit Jason battled for in the downpour, and some REALLY yummy ice cream!
Love you and miss you! I can’t wait to see you again! Mom
Wow! 12 miles in Flip Flops Nikki? impressive. This was a great video. Jason’s mom is a real trooper. Keep em’ coming.
Another amazing Video this time with Jasons Mom taking the lead and running with it `and a Pineapple too. What a beautiful sight this video was . We had them walking through the trails that were up on the signage, and Jason’s Mom, Mary, was more than capable of being the lead and we all watched Nikki and |Mary have a blast. Nikki you can be my sister anytime. Love the location, love the weather , loved all three of you showing us the area. Thanks to all of you for letting us come along…and the boat is messy!! lol