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Tao Expedition Day Two

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We woke early and found Alex and Eric meditating on the beach. That inspired us to meditate for a bit. Breakfast was fruit and fried eggplant with eggs. After everyone ate, we packed up and most of us rode the kayaks back to the ship, as it was very shallow with low tide.
Cooking breakfast

Cooking breakfast

Getting kayak rides back to the ship

Getting kayak rides back to the ship


Helping the crew pull up the anchor

Helping the crew pull up the anchor


We went to visit the Secret Beach, which we hadn't stopped at yesterday because there were so many boats there. Some people swam into it, they had to pass thru a little tunnel under the rock to get there. Then we had to go back to the base camp we had spent the night at, because someone had forgotten his rash guard hanging on a tree. It turned out that some other things had been forgotten as well. Then we headed for open ocean, where it was pretty wild. A windy day, with big swells. Waves would crash onto the boat and get us wet. They pulled into a sheltered beach for lunch, because cooking or eating on the moving boat is almost impossible. Then we went on another beach at one of the first base camps so everyone could swim or snorkel, or explore the village that is there. Don said the snorkelling was quite good there. While they were all gone, the crew of the boat caught a large "jack fish" off the back of the boat.
The fishing village where we dropped Jasper (the sick crew member)

The fishing village where we dropped Jasper (the sick crew member)

Buying fish from local fishermen

Buying fish from local fishermen

Ollie playing with the "Jack fish"

Ollie playing with the "Jack fish"


When everyone came back, Ollie and Jeric (the cook) made cerviche for everyone to try. Good but too much chilli! We then went to our base camp at the farm - their organic farm which is the source of much of their food. We arrived just before sundown and had to hurry to get a shower before dark. It was a group bucket shower at a spring with lots of water. We had to walk about 1/2 km thru the bush to the farm garden to have the shower. It was pretty funny having a group shower, some people keeping their swim suits on to shower and some taking it all off. Then we got our beds made up and I blogged while Don had a massage. Apparently, we all get a massage included as part of the trip. I think I will have mine tomorrow morning.
We had a seven course meal for our supper. Amazing food! This is the best food we have had on the whole trip.
The menu for our seven course meal

The menu for our seven course meal

Posted by katdill 23:02 Archived in Philippines

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