The Warm And The Wild

After two days traveling, I’m finally back with my family for Christmas. It’s wonderful to be back here from my travels. I love to go out into the wide wild world … and I love coming home to my gorgeous ex-fiancee. It’s got me thinking about the odd life I’ve led, and rather than write…

The End Of The Trail

Sadly, and also happily, my time in the Solomon Islands is coming to an end. Two nights ago I walked from the boat into Gizo town. It had been threatening rain, and halfway there I caught the first smell of what I call the “rain wind”. This wind starts on high where it is entrained…

Night-time Marine Maneuvers

For me, there has always been something ineffably romantic about ships at night. There was thunder, lightning, and rain earlier. Now it’s 10:30, and the ship that Don charters to bring in his fuel just docked. The fuel is moved in tanktainers, but they’re not taken off of the ship. Instead, they attach the fuel…

The Crows Nest

[Well, after two days racking my brains and resetting every setting, I figured out why my internet connection was so slow … not pokey Solomon electrons after all. Turns out I’d put a big file into DropBox and every time I logged on it jammed up the gears trying to upload it. So I’m back…

Bad Web, No Cookies For You

Well, I wrote another long post with lots of pictures and three short videos, but the web here is currently intermittent, and when it’s running, seems like the electrons are going Solomon speed … so here’s a short post with a few pictures. I’ll post more when I get some place where things move faster.…

Rain On The Islands

  I spent today writing up the findings of my survey of the condition of the noble vessel ICE. It’s been raining on and off all day, never hard. In the afternoon I took a break and walked towards town in a gentle warm drizzle. It’s Sunday in this mostly Christian nation, so there were…