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Rongerik Atoll
12/29/2011, Marshall Islands


On Rongerik island, there is a concrete rimmed
well which originally served the Japanese coast
watchers then the U.S. meteorologists stationed there.


After a day in Rongelap, it became apparent that we needed to get to an internet to take care of some business. The wind was out of the east. We made a run for it. It was all of a sudden blowing hard. The seasonal south east trades were filling in. The Monitor self steering kept us close hauled for two days allowing us to make it in one tack to Kwajalein atoll. We anchored in front of Ebeye, the Marshalls second largest city.

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Rongerik Atoll
10/20/2011, Marshall Islands

This WW2 aluminum canteen was cut so the bottom could be used as a cup and cooking pot. Who knows if this top was of any use.

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I'd Pick More Daisies

I'd Pick More Daisies
By 
Nadine Stair, age 85

If I had my life to live over,
       	I'd try to make more mistakes next time.
            	I would relax. I would limber up.
      I would be sillier than I have on this trip.
      I would be crazier. I would be less hygienic.
   I would take more chances, I would take more trips.
  I would climb more mountains, swim more rivers, 
		and watch more sunsets.
I would burn more gasoline. I would eat more ice cream and less beans.
  I would have more actual troubles and fewer imaginary ones.
         You see, I am one of those people who lives
    prophylactically and sensibly and sanely, 
	hour after hour, day after day.
 
               Oh, I have had my moments
  And if I had it to do over again, I'd have more of them.
        In fact, I'd try to have nothing else. 
	   Just moments,one after another.
      Instead of living so many years ahead each day.
     I have been one of those people who never go anywhere
    without a thermometer, a hot water bottle, a gargle, a
		raincoat, and a parachute.
 
    If I had to do it over again, I would go places and do things.
                       I'd travel lighter than I have.
      If I had my life to live over, I would start barefooted
         earlier in the spring and stay that way later in the fall.
           I would play hooky more. I wouldn't make such good grades
		      except by accident.
                   I would ride on merry-go-rounds.
 
                        I'd pick more daisies!