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Photo Gallery - September 2004 

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Our first look at Wotje lagoon from the inside. It was a beautiful day and we had a lovely sail here. We entered the lagoon at about 8am and this photo was taken shortly after that.

 

 

 

 

 

 

A small rain shower can be seen ahead to port. These are common in the tropics and often we pray for them to cove over as and cool things off.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kate and Jonah on the foredeck looking for coral heads in the water as we motor across the lagoon to the main island (called Wotje Island). The lagoons are scattered with isolated coral heads and reefs which are poorly charted at best. Moving cautiously with a lookout on the case is the only way to cross a lagoon.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A church in the middle of the village. The church and all of the buildings surrounding it are built on an old concrete apron which the Japanese built for the airbase that was once here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

This big gun, mounted near the church shown above, was not originally places here. You can see more of the concrete apron which is the center of the village. Several people have homes built on the concrete, we imagine it is the desirable part of town as the concrete means a dry, cleaner home.

 

 

 

 

 

A batch of copra (coconut meat) drying in the sun. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jonah walking toward a group of kids. We are on the edge of the airstrip which is also the edge of the village. Some homes are built right on the side of the runway just behind the first row of trees. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jordan and Jonah with the mayor of Wotje Atoll. He is holding in his hand our permit which was signed by Internal Affairs in Majuro. The permit was issued in January when we first arrived in the Marshalls but we had never used it. The Mayor claimed it was "expired" (though no expiration date was printed) because it said 2003 on the issue date and it was now 2004. Of course, regardless of this he welcomed us and took our $50 (which is the fee for Wotje and neighboring Erikub which we hoped to visit but never did).

 

 

 

Kate standing beside one of the aircraft engines which are scattered about. Leftover from the Japanese, artifacts like these litter the Pacific Islands once occupied by the Japanese.

 

 

 

 

 

 

A group of boys in Wotje. The people are very friendly and love to have their photos taken.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A dirt track leading from the airstrip to the High School.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The airstrip at Wotje.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jonah and Jordan walking down the track at the side of the runway. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Walking through the bush to get to the High School.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wotje High School at Wotje Atoll. Wotje is about 160 miles NW of Majuro and is home to one of the countries 4 regional High Schools. Students from several neighboring islands in the Ratik (Sunrise) chain of islands attend High School here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wotje High School again showing classroom builds on the left and the cafeteria/study hall at center. The school is staffed mostly by teachers from America.

 

 

 

 

 

 

An old Japanese command bunker, now converted to a school building. The interior has only two rooms built with wood framing and plywood. They are both air-conditioned.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Looking into the computer lab from the middle of the bunker shown above.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The inside of the computer lab. They have about 20 or so computers. No internet connection of course. Just having electricity is amazing enough for the people of Wotje. The power plant was only built last year and switched on about 9 months ago. 

 

 

 

 

 

An airplane unloading/loading at the "terminal area". 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jonah with another aircraft engine.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A storekeeper posing in front of the rental videos. Some canned goods can be seen on the shelves to the left. The store did not have much to offer. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Two little boys sitting outside the store. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The path leading out to the wharf at Wotje. When we came ashore this is where we parked the dinghy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

One of the many teachers we made friends with on Wotje, Peter is a 22 year old graduate of Dartmouth University working on a 2 year contract at Wotje. The program is run by a professor at Dartmouth.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jordan chats with Foster, the principal of the High School.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tony, another Dartmouth program teacher with Larule, the principal's brother (who works at the school maintaining the computers).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Miki and Jonah playing kids scrabble. Miki is a math teacher from Japan working at the High School. She visited the Queen Jane one evening along with Sarah and Lewanda.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lewanda and Kate in the cockpit. Lewanda is another teacher working at the high school. She is a former sailor and delivery skipper who spent many years in the Caribbean delivering boats for CYC.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sarah aboard the Queen Jane.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kate and Jonah having a little snuggle.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sunset at Wotje.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Moonrise over Wotje Island.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A group of dead sea turtles. Marshall Islanders, like all Pacific Island peoples, eat sea turtles. These were quite large and were butchered that evening. Marshallese especially eat turtle at the celebration of their children's first birthday.