Saturday, October 25, 2014

McGoons Lagoon and Halloween Activity–October 25, 2014

Just when you think you’ve been everywhere in Fiji, something new comes along.

We were invited to visit “McGoons Lagoon” on Saturday.  Actually it is the home of one of the member families out near the Navua River.  It goes way back in history to some of the first white men who came to Fiji.  Two men, one an Irishman named Dunn and another an Englishman named Danford came to Fiji.  The brought with them blunderbuss guns and amo and joined with one of the villages near the Navua River.

Because of their guns, they lent extra power to the village and never again was the village over taken by their neighbors.  In appreciation the village chief gave each one of them one of his 14 wives and a large tract of land.

The Danford family village now runs Discover Fiji Adventures, and the McGoons are decedents of Mr. Dunn.

We were invited to come out and go net fishing.  But the weather got in the way, it rained – a lot.  Before it rained they treated us to pumpkin pie (actually a cake) and showed us how to make roti and then we ate it with butter, jam and golden syrup.  Then a neighboring fisherman came over and a group of us went out to line fish.  The water was rough, and they only had enough life jackets for the sisters (I told Dew to stay close and we would share my jacket).  We came close to being swamped and headed back to shore, only to have the engine hit the sand.  And so we all bailed out and walked back in, just as the rain began in earnest.

So the net fishing didn’t happen, but we sat around and talked and had lunch and then it was time to head back home – just as the sun began to try and shine forth.

It was a fun, interesting day and we enjoyed spending time with some of the other seniors.

And in the evening we headed over to the Institute where they had a Halloween Party.  We were the judges of the costume contest.  Wow, we amazed to see some of our quiet, well mannered YSA’s let down their hair.  They had a great time and they didn’t even much care who we picked as winners.  As far as we were concerned they were all winners.

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