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Photo Gallery - January 2004 

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Rick from "Infidien" with Jonah and Jessie in the dinghy getting ready for 'skerfing' in the anchorage at Annemwanot (Majuro).  

 

 

 

 

 

Tristan from "Roxanne" is first and here he sits waiting for the ride to begin. Skerfing is a combination of skiing and surfing.

 

 

 

 

 

Here he goes!

 

 

 

 

 

It's Jonah's turn. This is the first time he has done this on a real surfboard. Once before he had tried this on a 'boogieboard' (a much smaller, soft foam board) but he was very young at the time (like 4 1/2).

 

 

 

 

And away we go!

 

 

 

 

 

Standing up, but not moving!

 

 

 

 

 

The S/V Dancer with Jim and Jeanette aboard. We met Dancer in Kiribati in October and again in Majuro. They are avid scuba divers and very nice people. Jeanette is the first person I have met cruising who actually works from her boat doing custom computer software (for Wall St.). She has quite a monthly sat phone bill.  

 

 

 

 

This school of squid seems to really like hanging around the hull of the Queen Jane. This was Ok with us since we really like eating them. Catching squid is not always easy as the little buggers are quite cautious and great patience is sometimes required.

 

 

 

 

The Queen Jane anchored at Annemwanot.

 

 

 

 

 

View of the mooring fields at Majuro taken by Kate from the top of the mast. In the foreground the part you see is the top end of the roller furler.

 

 

 

 

 

Another shot from the masthead, this one unobstructed.

 

 

 

 

 

Looking down onto the deck from the masthead you can just see the skipper standing in front of the mast.

 

 

 

 

 

Ash and Rixenne from "Karmaladen". This shot, and the next few, were taken at the Tide Table restaurant on Taco Night a weekly event held every Tuesday which attracts almost every cruiser in the bay.

 

 

 

 

Christe (Windrunner) and Kate ham for the camera.

 

 

 

 

 

Waiting for dinner to be served. From left, Jeanette (Dancer), Martin (Windrunner), Jim (Dancer) and James (Rainbow Chaser).

 

 

 

 

 

The skipper (Jordan) talking with Richard  from "Windswept" a super-fast TriMaran he built himself in California. At right in profile is Karen from "Seal". You may notice that Jordan is drinking ice water. This is because he is feeling under the weather and is about to get a nasty case of strep throat which will lay him low for about 9 days.

 

 

 

 

Jordan and Kate at Taco Night.

 

 

 

 

 

From left, Carey (Seal), Dr. Robyn McIntyre (a former and honorary cruiser from Kiwiland who lives and works in Majuro) and Monique from "Libby Lane" whom we had just met that night.

 

 

 

 

 

Jonah and Kate at Taco Night.

 

 

 

 

 

Playing "Connect Four" with Kate. To Jonah's left is Mary from "Rayon Vert" (in English, Green Flash) and opposite her is, of course, Christe.

 

 

 

 

 

Ollie from "Athanor" walking Mia with Jonah. Mia was adopted by the Athanor clan while at Majuro.

 

 

 

 

 

Ollie and Jonah.

 

 

 

 

 

Lobsters on the menu tonight! This picture was taken at Maloelap Atoll which we sailed to from Majuro on January 20th. We bought the lobsters from some locals for about $3 each.

 

 

 

 

 

On hold in the sink. Since I wanted to cook the lobster for dinner in the chinese style (Lobster with Rice Wind and Ginger) I needed the raw tail meat. Of course they were live and so I had to rip their tales off and remove the meat instead of dropping them in boiling water (though we did save 2 for lunch which we cooked in that traditional manner).

 

 

 

 

Here we see the four lobster tails after having been removed from their owners. Unlike Maine (Atlantic) lobsters, these babies are called Spiny Lobsters and for good reason. They are festooned with very sharp spines and have much tougher shells then Atlantic Lobsters. I wore large rubber gloves when handling them to avoid cutting my hands open.

 

 

 

 

Jonah and Jeanette (Dancer) playing Monopoly. Jeanette offered to "babysit" with Jonah while Kate and I went diving one day. Although we have left him alone on the boat several times lately while we dive (about an hour or hour and a half) Jeanette seemed to really want to do it so we didn't argue. Jonah thought it was a "play date"!

 

 

 

 

The beach at Taroa and islet of Maloelap Atoll. In Polynesia this would be called a Motu but in Micronesia they don't seem to just called the islands. Like all Atolls, Maloelap is a former high island which has sunk over the eons leaving a fringing coral reef which has developed a series of small islets that remain.

 

 

 

 

Another view of the beach at Taroa. The tranquil waters of the lagoon are separated from the raging ocean only by these little islets (motus) which are dotted along the perimeter of the lagoon. In many cases these islands are only yards wide, in some places as large as a half mile. Always you can hear the ocean surf from the lagoon side pounding on the outside of the islets.

 

 

 

 

Schoolhouse on Taroa islet.

 

 

 

 

 

Inside the school small classes of kids read and do schoolwork. This room seems to be divided into a library on one side and a classroom on the other side of the bookshelves.

 

 

 

 

 

Another classroom with younger kids. We always try to bring Jonah to visit the local school on the islands we visit and bring gifts of books he has outgrown and teaching materials we are no longer using. Usually they are received with great enthusiasm by both teachers and kids.

 

 

 

 

This photo is of the former Japanese Headquarters on Taroa. This islet was the main airbase in the Marshall Islands both before and during WWII when the Marshalls were occupied (and colonized) by the Japanese. 

 

 

 

 

 

Up until recently this three story cement structure was occupied by local people who lived there. Currently the structure is so dilapidated it must have been deemed unsafe to continue doing so. It is quite impressive and especially stark as large palm trees are growing out of the second floor. Nature is well on its way to reclaiming and reducing the rubble everything the American bombers did not destroy.  

 

 

 

 

 

These fascinating objects were made of aluminum and seemed quite well preserved. Although some kids told me they were floats (pontoons for float planes) to my eye they seemed like external fuel tanks, though I do not have the expertise to make that determination. I would really love to know exactly what they are, but certainly they are one or the other.

 

 

 

 

A large concrete fuel bunker which must have been hit when the US bombed the island in January, 1944.  US forces neutralized Taroa with a relentless bombing campaign but never sent forces to take the island from the Japanese. As a result, after being bombed, the Japanese on Taroa were cut off from their supply lines and many of the survivors starved before the war ended.

 

 

 

 

This photo depicts a bomb crater with two trees growing in it. This part of the island which we walked through to reach the airfield was dotted with bomb craters all of which had trees and plants growing in them. 

 

 

 

 

 

A Japanese airplane wreck near the airfield. Taroa is littered with wrecked airplanes and airplane engines as well as other debris and war materials.

 

 

 

 

 

 

One of several airplane engine near the airfield.

 

 

 

 

 

Jonah standing atop another airplane engine, this one with its propeller mostly intact.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kate and a pack of island kids (and Jonah) walking towards the airstrip. This area, the former airfield, is now home to one or two families.

 

 

 

 

 

The airstrip at Taroa looking North towards the ocean. The strip was paved when in use but is now overgrown with grass. When kick the grass and look closely you can see the old asphalt.

 

 

 

 

 

Another view of the airstrip facing in the opposite direction. 

 

 

 

 

 

Jonah and some kids climbing up a wall on a demolished building.

 

 

 

 

 

Jonah sitting on the wall.

 

 

 

 

 

Walking the island in search of war artifacts with kids in tow.

 

 

 

 

 

We came across this tree decorated with ribbons, flowers and other objects and were unable to get the kids with us to tell us what it was due the  language barrier. My guess is that it is some type of war memorial.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jonah and kids sitting on a bomb. There are a bunch of these things littered around in this area. Most of them are rusted out badly but some are fairly intact.

 

 

 

 

 

Some more bombs in the area.

 

 

 

 

 

Some very, very large fuel storage bunkers on Taroa.