capt log #13 2010

  •  9/20/2010 12:00:00 AM
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Great Barrier Reef Here I am idleing along  25 miles off Cairns' Harbour's entrance through the Great Barrier Reef. The entrance looks really wide on the map, but our official policy is to do reef entrances during daylight hours only. (unless real inconvenient) This time we are anxious to get our first glimpse of the world  famous reef. Six days ago we left Solomon Islands for Papu New Guinea, about a 250 mile trip. Made too many left turns, missed the Islands and 1000 miles later we are in Au...
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capt log #12 2010

  •  9/15/2010 12:00:00 AM
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The Solomon Island people have a habit that makes cigarette smoking seem like a clean, healthy, and desirable personal life choice. Ever hear of beetle nut?? Its walnut sized, green, soft covered nut. The user uses his teeth to peel and then chew some part of it. Then a small amount of lime (powered coral) is added to the mix. The result is a supposedly a “high” of energy, like a “upper” as I understand. These people don't even mess with kava much, I guess kava would be the “healthy choice”!! Th...
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capt log #11 2010

  •  9/3/2010 12:00:00 AM
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PT109 Now I know how sir Hillary felt on the mountain top. How John Glen felt when he stepped into the space capsule. I'm talking about the emotional high that comes to anyone who completes a life long goal. After months on the high seas, many countries, much paper work, tsunamis, escapes from pirates, sharks, and crocodiles; we made it to where John Kennedy's PT109 WWII saga took place. For the very young reader the story went like this; Young John Kennedy was captain of the boat PT109 tha...
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capt log #10 2010

  •  8/30/2010 12:00:00 AM
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Flies Flies in paradise, flies in your food, flies on you drinks, flies in your face, flies on your hand, flies on your legs, feet and other unmentionable places, the South Pacific is flies. Seems to be no connection between areas with no village, and ones of with villages . The largest village we visited had almost no flies. We have screens on the doors, but I'm not sure it helps any at all. I know they get in by hanging around the back porch and then hitching rides on people coming and goi...
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capt log #9 2010

  •  8/27/2010 12:00:00 AM
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Super salesmen In the US of A we all dread the day we have to actually go and purchase the car that we have been dreaming about, checking out the ads for, talking to others about, and  making list of what we can do without to make the payments. We know that when we approach that dream car on the lot and actually express an interest in a “test drive” that it's all over. Multi salesmen may get involved, certainly at least one “manager” in the back room that will make the final “special deal”, an...
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capt log #8 2010

  •  8/18/2010 12:00:00 AM
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Coconut Crab Survey If you have ever seen a little hermit crab out of its shell then you know what  a Coconut Crab looks like. Just imagine the hermit crab on steroids. Like a monkey compares to King Kong. They don't worry about a shell to live in for the same reason Great Whites don't have hide y holes. They were once found on most all the Islands of the South Pacific. They supposedly can climb a coconut palm, use their monster claw to clip off a coconut then peel it, and eat the oil rich ins...
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