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July 12th 2009
Published: July 12th 2009
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This is the boat I am on - very functional with lots of dive gear

We have been diving (night and days), snorkeling, touring the island with Ann and François - generally having a great time. The past two evening we have been doing night diving - 2 days after the full moon is the best time to find some of the shells Brian and Carl are looking for. It has been good to conquer my fear of the ocean at night. We did a fast drift dive thru a narrow passage from the outer reef inward where there was lots of current - scary exhilarating and fun all at the same time. The weather has settled to SE trades blowing 15-25k gusts to 30k and sunny.

Last Saturday, Ann and François came out on the boat. Unfortunately that day it was cloudy & rain. We experience a severe thunder lightning storm while in the water and couldn’t get out as the dinghy is made of aluminum. Everyone was safe although Ann was very scared. The following day Ann, François and some of there friends took us to Nukuloa Island for a picnic and a day out. We hike up a hill which was full of nesting gannets, snorkeled and generally had a
The aerial view of Outer IslandThe aerial view of Outer IslandThe aerial view of Outer Island

The view after our hike up mountain
day on land. It was good fun and great to be off the boat for a day.

Brian and I are planning to clear customs on 15th July and leave for the Solomon islands -1400mile trip on 15th July depending on the weather. It should take 12-14 days again depending on the wind. I am getting a bit restless here and it will be good to move on. I hope we have better weather than the trip coming up. Brain says it should be good as the SE trades have settled in- famous last words!!!


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