Thursday, March 25, 2010

Release Date 3/22/2009

Kate and I took a paddle out Rawl (or Ral) Island for a campout.

This is the beautiful little deserted island we camped on for my Birthday in October. It is about a 2hour paddle out of town.

This time we left early, and it was a bit overcast so we didn't get killed by the heat. It was a nice day, very calm.

When we got there the surfers from Nusa were at a break off of the north tip of the island having fun. We talked to one of them the next day, when they weren't surfing and he confirmed that they can only surf this break on high tide.

We did hear about some spectacular accidents, people needing massive numbers of stitches, craked open heads, and branching coral sticking out of legs like pincushions, so I don't feel like quite as much of a wimp about not doing much kayak surfing.

We had a nice day hanging out, and did some snorkeling here. I tried a bit of spearfishing, but the fish and pretty nervous about friendly divers with spearguns. I only took one shot, but I was using a smaller gun and I just got a cloud of scales. Fortunately the emergency food was free range steak, so we didn't suffer.

The pictures are on kate's camera, so I need to get them....

We actually stayed over Sunday night because the weather wasn't good on Saturday. It worked out fine because we were able to get-up, break camp, paddle back, and Kate was at her desk before 10:00AM.

Truth: If something doesn't work out, it often makes sense to try again.

Release Date 3/17/2010

Nobody was celebrating St. Patrick’s Day. We did go for a beer at Nusa resort on the way home, but it wasn’t green.

Kate and I went for an after work paddle.

I released this msg just outside of Kavieng Harbor in front of the new house we want to rent, aka the beach house. Nothing has been done on it for a month, so things are a bit slowed down, and we are a bit disappointed.

We saw this cute little, tasty little hog, playing by the beach. If we took a shot at him we would have blown-up this canoe, and his owners would have been angry. This is what my Florida friends call a "New York Fryer"

It was a very very still day, absolutely no wind totally flat. There was surf, but just big rolling swells. I paddled in through the breakers to the beach in font of the beach house. In moderate or light surf it will be easy to launch from here.

It was a beautiful evening. Everything was so still. This picture doesn’t do it justice, just the flat “oily” sea for the bottle release.

We came right up on a pod of dolphins. Fortunately the marine mammal protection act does not apply here, so we could get close to them. Kind of curious I have never seen anybody eating dolphins. Probably too hard to catch, or they don’t taste that good.

I got back to PNG on Saturday, and it was great to get back out on the water.

Truth: Fuel smells bad.