Waiting for Weather
06 September 2015 | Betio, Tarawa, Kirabati
Sunday, September 6
We are still here in Tarawa waiting for weather. No, the weather here is fine, but up ahead in Majuro, they are experiencing strong wind from the southwest which is a very bad direction for the anchorage there. This weather is the result of one of the four!!! hurricane/named-storms that currently lie in the vicinity of Hawaii and the Marshalls. So, we wait.
Meanwhile, we are enjoying being in Tarawa. We have gotten to be good friends with Bill and his work colleagues, and today we spent the afternoon with them having a little barbeque lunch. They all live in the same little complex of flats. There is also a small bar that services the residents, so we were able to eat in a nice area with tables, and have a few cold beers. To top it all off, there was darts. Elisabeth loves darts, and so do the guys, so after lunch there were a couple games. Just a nice afternoon.
Betio is an interesting working harbor, and there is a lot of small boat traffic. There is also no real place to park our dinghy, so we had been tieing it to the little seawall near the "landing". A few days ago, a big ferry arrived and is now taking up the whole space. Hmmmm, now where do we park? After talking to the Port Authority guys, we got permission to tie to a barge located in the corner of the basin. We can also tie to the Pilot boat which is tied to the barge, so here is what we do to get to shore. We come in and if the barge is clear, we tie to the barge. If the barge is occupied, we tie to the Pilot boat. Then we climb up on the Pilot boat, and jump to the first barge. Then, we jump across to the second barge which rests close to the bank. Then, we climb/jump from the barge to the big tractor tire tied to the wall, climb up on said tire to the concrete. Then, we walk through the yard/work area to the security shack and voila! We are ashore. At first Elisabeth hated it, but now she is kind of getting into it. It is very, well, not quite Indiana Jones, but certainly very rough and tumble. All good adventure.
We may be seeing an opportunity for travel coming up in a week, but certainly no sooner. It is just a busy El Nino season and many hurricanes are happening. So, here we are. There is some internet at a hotel where we have lunch sometimes. We will try and post some photos soon. Oh, and all of you who dropped a line, many thanks we enjoyed everyone of your emails, and we will answer them as soon as we can.
Rod and Elisabeth, "Your Rock and Roll Argonauts" "Les Pirates d'Honneur"