Where WAS Brick House...The First Eight Years

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29 August 2017 | Langkawi malaysia
20 April 2016
05 October 2015 | Malaysia, island of Borneo
19 September 2015 | Kuching/Santubong
01 July 2015 | Bali, Indonesia
23 May 2015 | Bali, Indonesia
17 April 2015 | Venu Island
01 April 2015
12 March 2015 | Tioman
01 March 2015 | Papua, Indonesia
26 February 2015 | West Shore of Papua Indonesia
21 January 2015 | Raja Ampat, Indonesia
05 January 2015 | Gam and Waigeo, Raja Ampat
31 December 2014 | Misool, Indonesia
31 December 2014 | Masool, Indonesia
24 December 2014 | Indonesia
21 October 2014 | Philippines
04 June 2014 | Davao
17 April 2014 | Pacific

Unusual Underwater Finds

26 February 2015 | West Shore of Papua Indonesia
The most vivid and unusual sea urchin we have seen in countless hours of snorkeling across half of the planet.

The name New Guinea always had an exotic tone, far away, half way around the world, head hunters. Now, the towering rock cliffs which rise from thick green jungle of western New Guinea is a quarter mile from our anchor. Having become accustom to our primitive surroundings, New York City is now the exotic place on the other side of the planet.
Through Indonesia, we had been reef hopping along the shores of islands to continue our underwater explorations which began far to the north west, in the Raja Ampat area of Indonesia. We have now sailed to Triton Bay, an indentation of the west shore of New Guinea, in a quest to swim with the large Whale Sharks that frequent the area and whatever new discoveries there might be. It would be useless to name all the islands we have been to in this area. Few people have heard of them and they would be very difficult to find on a chart. But if you ever make it here, ask anyone at the newly completed, thatch roofed huts at the SCUBA dive operation named Triton Bay Divers and they can map all the best locations for you.

Just like in Raja Ampat, the discovery of completely unique marine life continues. No where in the world have I ever seen a 2.5" diameter, royal blue color, sea urchin with vertical rows of short spines like the one pictured above. We have now found only a few on only one remote reef. But we recently saw in a reef guide that they are found from here westward towards the Indian ocean. For a short while, we thought we had a completely unique creature in our camera lens.

Rebecca certainly has the eye for the tiniest of marine animals and those larger fish which are well camouflaged. I would not get one quarter of my unusual images if it were not for her microscopic and camouflage-penetrating vision. As an example, to the right, in the Photo Gallery, in the Triton Bay Underwater folder, see if you can pick out the Scorpion Fish in the newest addition of images.
The water temperature here is 85 degrees Fahrenheit. Still, we use light weight wet suits as we can be in the water for 4 hours at a time. There are a lot of nutrients in the water so the visibility is only about 30'.
Vessel Name: Brick House
Vessel Make/Model: Valiant 40 #134
Hailing Port: Middletown, RI USA
Crew: Patrick and Rebecca Childress
Patrick completed a solo-circumnavigation on Juggernaut, a Catalina 27 in his younger days. He has been published in most U.S. and many foreign sailing magazines, for both his writing and photography. He co-authored a book titled "The Cruising Guide to Narragansett Bay and the South Coast of [...]
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Brick House 's Photos - (Main)
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All sorts of tropical animals and insects
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Captured turtle images
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Additiona Images
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We decided to take the slow route, down the sidewalk..ie the Intracoastal Waterway, the ICW. We went slowly, and smelled the flowers along the way. We are with old friends of Patricks, new friends of mine...Art and Grace Ormaniec, in Manteo, North Carolina.
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Brick House Crew

Who: Patrick and Rebecca Childress
Port: Middletown, RI USA

Where IS Brick House?!?

AT THE END, Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, in a cloud of smoke, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming, 'Wow! What a Ride! And I still have my Arizona driver license!! '