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Monday, June 17, 2002
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: Overcast / Rain

Available Photos:

Stacy and Sue on dubious bridge PATS, Pohnpei, Micronesia

Stacy and Sue on dubious bridge PATS, Pohnpei, Micronesia

Stacy with ivory nut ears PATS, Pohnpei, Micronesia

All photo images © 1997-2000 Anthony Jones - Images may not be used without prior written approval.

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Trip Stats to Date:
Day: 5
Linear Dist: 6030
Countries Visited: 2
Regions Visited: 3
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Hotels: 2
Friends / Family: 2
Beers: 12

Journal Entry:
The problem with having hot water is that the heater is pump driven, and the rather loud pump is right outside my window. So anytime anyone turns on the water I get a wake up call. Luckily power is out until six AM, so I got to sleep until six. Stacy, Sue and I went on a working dive. We spent nearly an hour and a half underwater cleaning oyster bags. There are mesh bags hanging off a line forty feet down in a 110 feet of water. In the bags are baby black pearl oysters - very small still, around an 1/8 inch in diameter. Our job was to clean the algae off the bags and then look very carefully for small snails that kill the oysters. It wasn't a very exciting dive as the visibility was not very good and there wasn't much to see since we were 70 feet above the bottom. But it was still fun. It was the first time I'd been in the water since leaving Chuuk last June - so it was just good to get wet.

After the dive it was time for lunch, then I just hung out for a while. I was going to work on my journal, but I ended up going with Sue and Stacy for a little hike. We went back through the jungle behind the school's farm. Lots of banana trees, some sakau, ivory nut, and lots of other green stuff. We also made it to the piggery - so we saw a bunch of pigs too. We were busy collecting some ivory nuts when some very threatening clouds rolled in - we made it under the cover of some banana trees before it started to rain, but after five minutes decided to get wet as it was diner time.

After diner we went up to Stacy and Sue's house and I met the other roommate Eleanor. We sat around drinking wine until well after the power went out. Greg, the school director, was leaving tomorrow for four months so it was a little going away party.

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