Anchored in Tarawa.
26 August 2015 | Betio, Tarawa, Kirabati
Day 11. Tarawa. We are here. Anchor down at 1230. Checked in and visas stamped. It was a bit of a long way to get here, but we are here. Tonight we will sleep for as long as we want. As you know, at sea, we keep a "three hours on, three hours off" schedule. So, to sleep for more than three hours will be a celebration. The Customs and Immigration officials were great. The procedure here is to go pick them up and bring them to the boat in the dinghy. We had five, and it took two trips to shore. We made it a little party and fed them potato chips from Super U, and Elisabeth offered some cold Foster's beer. Our guests happily had a nice cold one on us while we visited and filled the few forms. The one Customs guy was particularly thrilled because he had never had a Foster's before, but he knew abut it and was curious to try. So, the exotic navigators arrived bringing exotic little treasures to share. We gave him a second. We always like it when we can make the formalities a little party. We get to learn about them and they us on a personal level.
Speaking of exotic, as we were approaching the anchorage, a small boat with what looked to be maybe tourists or volunteers on board passed us and gave us many excited waves and took many photos. I suppose they were impressed that "Those two sailed that boat all the way here!" Come to think of it, it is pretty cool. We have really grown and have become quite the comfortable sea people over the past six years, haven't we? A good team, us.
I am tired, so this is short. We are here. Tarawa is nice to see again. Oh, they have done many improvements to the harbor in the past three years. It has a nice new buoy system and many of the old derelict ships have been removed. Nice, so a shower and shave for Tarawa!
Rod and Elisabeth, "Your Rock and Roll Argonauts" "Les Pirates d'Honneur"