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Tuesday, June 26, 2001
Weno, Chuuk, Micronesia
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Weno, Chuuk, Micronesia:
Latitude: 7° 24' 46" North
Longitude: 151° 50' 35" East
Altitude: 11 feet
From Seattle: 6107 miles
Lodging: Hotel - Blue Lagoon

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Today's Travel:
Country: Micronesia
Region: Chuuk
Weather: Partial Sun

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Propeller Wreck of the Rio de Janeiro Maru, Chuuk, Micronesia

Propeller Wreck of the Rio de Janeiro Maru, Chuuk, Micronesia

Sake / beer bottles Wreck of the Rio de Janeiro Maru, Chuuk, Micronesia

Propeller Wreck of the Rio de Janeiro Maru, Chuuk, Micronesia

Looking out through a turret Wreck of the Rio de Janeiro Maru, Chuuk, Micronesia

Stacy exiting the wreck Wreck of the Rio de Janeiro Maru, Chuuk, Micronesia

Anchor coral and ghost shrimp Wreck of the Rio de Janeiro Maru, Chuuk, Micronesia

Hole in hull Wreck of the Rio de Janeiro Maru, Chuuk, Micronesia

Stacy exiting the wreck Wreck of the Rio de Janeiro Maru, Chuuk, Micronesia

Big gun barrel Wreck of the Rio de Janeiro Maru, Chuuk, Micronesia

Jeep Island Truck Lagoon, Chuuk, Micronesia

Gun barrel Wreck of the Gosei Maru, Chuuk, Micronesia

Stacy exiting wreck Wreck of the Gosei Maru, Chuuk, Micronesia

Light filtering through wreck Wreck of the Gosei Maru, Chuuk, Micronesia

Guns Wreck of the Gosei Maru, Chuuk, Micronesia

Soft coral Wreck of the Gosei Maru, Chuuk, Micronesia

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Trip Stats to Date:
Day: 1538
Linear Dist: 284614
Countries Visited: 78
Regions Visited: 294
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Hotels: 647
Friends / Family: 350
Camping: 135
Hostels: 262
Transit: 100
Other Lodging: 13
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Journal Entry:
Had an excellent night's sleep, but was still tired - seven hours just wasn't enough to get caught up. Our first dive was a half an hour's ride out to Uman Island. The Rio de Janeiro Maru was a Japanese sub tender sunk (like most of the wrecks in Chuuk lagoon) in Operation Hailstorm. She rests on her starboard side in 121 feet of water. I found the sideways orientation a little distracting and in general didn't find the wreck as engaging as yesterday's upright wrecks. Also the interior wasn't as accessible, and the coral growth wasn't nearly as lush. It was still fun though, and the highlights were a hold full of bottles (including many still in cases), and some giant (thirty foot long) gun barrels for field guns.

We went to Jeep Island for lunch. This is a private island owned by our resort - it's about fifty feet across and has sixteen coconut palms and a small hut - very basic but it would still be fun to hire it for a few days of relaxing! After lunch we hung out for an hour or so then jumped back in the boat to head back towards Weno. The second wreck was the Gosei Maru a freighter now resting on its port side - which again I found distracting. There was a hold full of munitions (torpedoes and depth charges were recognizable), but the highlight was the maze of interconnected passages - lit by light filtered through many holes in many different levels creating a 3-D pattern of cathedral light in the water.

After we rinsed our gear we hung out for awhile, then went by the dive shop to try to arrange another dive on the Fujikawa Maru for tomorrow. For dinner we walked the few hundred yards to a nearby Japanese restaurant the had been recommended by several people. The walk was a little interesting (Chuuk is not often described as safe) and a little further than we expected. The restaurant itself was Ok - I wasn't that impressed. The best part was that the owner gave us a ride back to the hotel rather than letting us walk. Back in the hotel we got some ice and sat on our porch and drank the half bottle of Bailey's that I'd brought from Pohnpei.


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