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Rongerik Atoll
12/29/2011, Marshall Islands

Wonder where the rest of the boat is.

We snorkeled on the coral heads inside of the lagoon. The coral was plentiful but in some areas it was dusted with sand from the nearby barrier reef. The fish populations were not as abundant as we had hoped but the number of groupers were greater than anywhere else we have visited in the Marshalls. The water is so warm and clear there is not much plankton to support life inside the lagoon. On the outside of the windward side of the atolls, where the plankton nourishment is greater, the reefs are more vibrant. There is enough plankton to feed the giant clams. The largest of the giant clams in more than 3 feet across; nearly as big as the largest on the Great Barrier Reef of Australia.
Still, the diving is better in the Bahmas and better at a few selected spots on a remote atoll in the South Pacific. That name I will pass on mentioning.

We snorkeled on the coral heads inside of the lagoon. The coral was plentiful but in some areas it was dusted with sand from the nearby barrier reef. The fish populations were not as abundant as we had hoped but the number of groupers were greater than anywhere else we have visited in the Marshalls. The water is so warm and clear there is not much plankton to support life inside the lagoon. On the outside of the windward side of the atolls, where the plankton nourishment is greater, the reefs are more vibrant. There is enough plankton to feed the giant clams. The largest of the giant clams in more than 3 feet across; nearly as big as the largest on the Great Barrier Reef of Australia.
Still, the diving is better in the Bahmas and better at a few selected spots on a remote atoll in the South Pacific. That name I will pass on mentioning.



It was nice seeing some black tip sharks and several turtles, signs of a healthy reef. The sharks were small and would circle around to see who we were and if there was any free food floating about. I stayed close to the dinghy but never felt threatened. We saw at least one turtle each day who was curious to see who the newcomers were and silently glided by giving us the eye. Beautiful. One day we saw a large school of jacks that just couldn't get close enough to us. The school of thousands would swim directly at us. The swarm would open within arms reach and pass by to the sides, over and below us, eyeing us over but never quite bumping us. Just like the sharks, they were looking for some handouts from the biggest fish in the pond.

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Rongerik Atoll
12/29/2011, Marshall Islands

All sorts of things wash ashore.

Another day we walked on an island over which, lots of birds circled. For some reason the island was noticeably lacking in coconut palms but thick with short trees and scrub. It was nesting season and there were lots of baby boobies and some small frigate birds squawking at us when we got too close. We got lots of nice pictures of them without making any of the adults fly away.

Other days we hiked long white beaches and found 9 glass fishing floats. We put them higher up on the beach out of reach of the high tide. Glass floats have not been used for decades, being replaced by plastic. It is extremely rare to find them and these are the first we had found in 4 years of remote cruising. We emailed Patrick's sister to see if they were worth enough to haul on to Brick House and send home. We thought maybe we had won the lottery. But low and behold they weren't worth much more than $50 or $60 each and that wasn't enough to justify lots of glass balls rolling around Brick House especially since sending one in the mail from Eyeye , the nearest post office, would cost $30. We left them where we found them for the next soul to discover and fantasize about the good life.

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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!