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Tuesday, June 12, 2001
PATS, Pohnpei, Micronesia
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PATS, Pohnpei, Micronesia:
Latitude: 6° 50' 37" North
Longitude: 158° 18' 32" East
Altitude: 126 feet
From Seattle: 5833 miles
Lodging: Friend / Family - Stacy (PATS)

Today's Travel:
Country: Micronesia
Region: Pohnpei
Weather: Mostly Sunny

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Trip Stats to Date:
Day: 1524
Linear Dist: 284034
Countries Visited: 78
Regions Visited: 293
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Hotels: 642
Friends / Family: 343
Camping: 133
Hostels: 262
Transit: 100
Other Lodging: 13
Beers: 4681

Journal Entry:
Spent most of the day out in the water helping to clean a sponge farm. The farm was at Dehl Rie Rie (where I we did my first dive on Pohnpei) - the sponges all hang from a lattice of ropes which also tend to grow algae which smother the sponges if it isn't cleaned off regularly. Two divers went down and let the anchor ropes loose, then the rest of us attached buoys and snorkeled around rubbing the algae off the lines and sponges. We spent two hours in the water then took the boat to a small island for an hour lunch break before going back for another two hours. I was exhausted by the end of the day though the work wasn't hard, and was even fun in an odd satisfying kind of way.

Back at PATS I checked email (though I still haven't sent any), helped clean up in the lab, then went back to my room to try to work on my journal, but on the way I got distracted and ended up watching TV. After diner I played with my dive gear and decided what to take with us to Ant Atoll tomorrow (we're going to be camping for two nights). Then packed and got to bed pretty late.

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