oh and this is the view headed back down the hill- I wasn't entirely sure our car would make it up the hill to get there in the first place:
We played until it started raining, then packed up and drove all the way around the island before getting back to the ferry.
There was some nice local entertainment to dance to during the ride:
Sadly we didn't get the same stunning view of Moorea as we did when we arrived--rain plus evening. And we didn't have the energy (mental or electrical) to take any photos . But it was still an enjoyable crossing.
We unloaded without incident and headed to our house.
We had no trouble making it to our home exchange and getting inside. It was lovely and offered us this view of the Tahitian lagoon and Moorea in the distance.
Anyway we were finally in Tahiti in a place we'd stay for the next 8 days; we could spread out, buy groceries with a plan to keep them for a while, and just relax some.
Another nod to home exchange- the place was clean and in great shape, but more impressive is that the family that stayed there before us, who is not staying in our home or anything, left us a lovely note telling us about the things they'd enjoyed in Tahiti, and left behind some gifts of their own (like some lovely exotic Tahitian rum cocktail drink that we toasted for new year's eve).