The Cook Islands: Return to Aitutaki
We returned to our favorite island recently to welcome the New Year. The island retains its charms, although the first event we witnessed was a full-fledged tropical storm.
1) Blowing a gale on Dec. 28
The cabin shook and a storm surge brought the lagoon waters to within a few feet of our house.
But the weather cleared with little damage. Except the beaches were full of broken coral from the reef that has washed in with the waves.
The island has recovered nicely from the ravages of Cyclone Pat two years ago; we can only hope that history doesn’t repeat itself too soon.
3) An outrigger on the lagoon