Photo Gallery - May 2004
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rides on the skerf toy. We picked up this thing from a boat which is about to go
on the market and they were selling everything cheap.
only does Jonah love it, but it is very popular with the local kids. Both at Aur
(where these photos were taken) and later at Likiep (see May photos) crowds of
kids line the beach shouting "Me, me, me!". I take them for rides and
they love it, of course. What kid wouldn't!
there we go! Not only is it great fun when pulled behind the dinghy, we leave it
tethered to the stern of the Queen Jane when not in use and it makes a great
lounge chair for mommy and daddy!
is a path on the island of Tabal at Aur which leads to the airstrip.
was taken at the airstrip before the weekly plane arrived. It comes every
Saturday, though the arrival time is never known beforehand.
don't think all of these people (mostly kids) actually had a reason to be here
except for the fun of watching the plane. Jonah and I were there because I had
asked a dive guide in Majuro to send me a new BC (scuba vest) as mine had
developed a leak.
is the "terminal building". The sign above the door reads
"Welcome to Aur Atoll". We ended up waiting several hours for the
plane to arrive.
we can see the plane landing. Whoo hoo! I think it is a Dornier and is one of
two planes owned by AMI (Air Marshall Islands), the other being a Dash 8, a much
plane. Just powering up to taxi. Luggage extracted from the plane sits to the
side waiting to be claimed (after the plane moves out of the way).
nice photo of the crowd of mostly kids watching the plane depart.
that the plane is gone, the people are moving in to get their packages and
baggage. We got our box. It had my new BC in it plus a load of veggies I had
them send us also!
reading a Harry Potter book.
off after a swim.
the school teacher at Tabal. Sarah had about 2 weeks left on her contract when
we met her at Aur after which she was heading back home to the
states. Although there are many American teachers in the Marshalls, like Sarah,
most teachers are Marshaleese.
group of kids pose for the camera at Tabal on Aur Atoll.
family we met at Tabal.
woman and her baby. This nice lady gave Jonah a drinking nut (coconut) when he
was wondering about the village. When he came home he told us he wanted to give
her his old baby blanket as a gift. Later Kate took him into the village and
found the woman and gave her the blanket, which he gratefully accepted.
behind the boat on the skerf raft.
shot of dad and Jonah getting cozy on the raft.
turn for the raft.
just arrived at the boat, Jonah is prompting the captain to move a bit closer so
he can tie us up (which is his job).
ties us off.
and Kate playing cards in the cockpit. Ever since mom and dad started playing
cards regularly (about a year ago) Jonah has been learning to play and can now
manage a decent hand of gin-rummy.
commander looking relaxed after being beaten by the boy.
reading more Harry Potter.
nice view of some of the islets around the Aur lagoon. This photo was taken
early in the morning as we were heading towards the pass the day we left
doing email at the nav desk.
ahoy! Jonah on the bowsprit looking at dolphins!
pair of dolphins. As we were heading out of the lagoon at Aur, a school of them
swam with us for a while. This was the only decent picture we got (it's very
hard to photograph dolphins since they are so fast).
watching the dolphins.
final look at the lagoon of Aur Atoll as we depart.
first day at Likiep. The anchorage at Likiep Island (the main island in the
Likiep lagoon) was wonderful. Very well protected and calm.
looking happy after our arrival at Likiep.
poses in the courtyard of Joe deBrums guesthouse on Likiep. The guesthouse,
which is like a motel on the beach, is very well kept and popular with people
from Majuro who visit for a week's vacation when Majuro gets a bit much. Likiep
is one of the only atolls in the Marshalls with any decent guest facilities (not
view of Joe's place from the front. Joe has quite a large collection of Japanese
glass floats arranged in front of his place.
poses on the beach at Likiep.
chicken coop at Likiep.
of Jonah's favorite activities at Likiep was swinging on the rope from this
first in a series of fabulous sunset photos taken at Likiep.
one is our favorite.
one is also incredible and has more pinks in it then oranges.
with the sunset behind him.
and his mom pose at sunset.
is the first photo in a series showing bagels being made on the Queen Jane. The
chief cook (who is also the skipper) made these for the first time while at
bagels are also called "waterbBagels" because they are boiled before
being baked. Bagels which are not boiled are sometimes called "egg
bagels" and use eggs in their dough (which are not used in water bagels).
boiling, these bagels have their toppings in place and are about to go into the
oven. These bagels are topped with sesamae seeds and poppy seeds.
ready for eating. While this was the skipper's first attempt at making bagels he
is not completely without experience in this enterprise. As a youth (age 15)
Jordan worked in a bagel store which baked their own bagels, of course. Although
he did not make the dough or form the bagels, he was responsible for boiling,
topping and baking the bagels as part of his job.