Mom goes wild in the jungle climbing up a papaya tree

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.

jason wynn and his mom posing as pineapples in moorea with pineapple farm in background


how pineapples grow


prehistoric views of wild moorea


the wynns in the jurassic world of moorea french polynesia


prehistoric views of wild and volcanic moorea


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.



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:


Thank You!

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Sailing Specific Gear


Nikki’s Flip Flops – These are adventure flip flops and I find them incredibly comfortable. (from Astral –


Internet On A Sailboat


Camera Gear

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  • Dates: August 3-9, 2018
  • Anchorage: Opunohu Bay, Moorea, French Polynesia

Hello there! I honestly don’t know what to say, so I am going to tell you a bunch of random facts instead. I'm a fish eating vegetarian who hates spiders and loves snakes. I almost never took vacations growing up. I wanted to be Pippi Longstocking (still do). I misspell about every other word I write and still struggle with grammar. I love splurging on a good high tea (which is really hard to find these days). And whatever you do, don’t tell me I can’t do something, because then I'll HAVE to do it!

Comments (26)

  • Audrey Duesler

    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.
    Thanks again.

  • Tracy H

    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.

  • Alan Solomon

    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.

    Safe travels,

  • Brian

    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.

    • Curious Minion

      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.
      Curious Minion

      • Brian

        Thanks, been looking at the Mavic, still have to do some research. Thanks again for the info.

  • Venice Scherer

    Love the mother child bonding!

  • wallace loper

    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.

    • Curious Minion

      The cats hunker down when it gets bumpy but don’t get seasick.
      Curious Minion

  • Roger B

    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:)

  • Bob Sprengel

    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.

  • Doug C.

    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.

  • anthony Baiardi

    How long are you two staying in this area? Whats next?

  • Faith Comeau

    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.

  • Pam McClure

    Beautiful place. I echo the comment earlier….flip flops and hiking? Amazing. Thanks again.

  • Lisa Day

    Mary, Mary, never contrary! Love your adventures. Thank you so much for sharing each week.

  • David

    Great video, your timing is great, I have my second cup of coffee while I watch!

  • mary

    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

  • Jim Ege

    Wow! 12 miles in Flip Flops Nikki? impressive. This was a great video. Jason’s mom is a real trooper. Keep em’ coming.

  • Michael Magill

    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


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