Photo Gallery - January 2004
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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).
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 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.
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.
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.
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.