Day 2 Diving

Trip Start Jan 12, 2010
Trip End Feb 10, 2010

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Sunday, January 17, 2010

     At the crack of dawn......well, okay, 0900.............we are off bouncing across the waves in a 20-ish foot boat with twin 40 Yammies (that one's for you AJ!) and salt water spray drenching our newly sunscreened limbs. Wendy has opted to stay in bed as her tummy is still revolting from yesterday's excursion. Claudio and Al want to vote her off the island, but we have drugged her every which way to Sunday and she should be right as rain by tomorrow.......we hope. Phillipe and Nancy have joined us again today and we have box lunches in hand for a picnic on some remote island between dives.
First dive is the Fujikawa Maru and it is spectacular in it's size. Tons of ammunition and memorabilia, but I feel that somehow we are missing the fact that men died on these boats. Plates, artifacts, gas masks are all piled to display to the divers so that no one misses seeing the remnants of the battle fought in 1944. Where is the compassion? Respect? As I was shooting a shot of a gas mask, I stopped to think of what it would feel like to wear one for real.......I moved around the mask and tried to shoot a shot from the inside.....................a wee starfish had made its home inside the mask........that tickled my funny bone.........something good from something so awful. We carried on....the boys loved the guns, planes (a few Zero fighter planes were in the cargo holds), torpedoes, periscopes and whatnot. THEN! A huge anemone! The biggest I have ever seen and colonized by a whole family of Nemo's cousins. That brightened my day! Don't get me wrong. I am enjoying my history lessons and the diving is easy, fun and altogether spectacular. I just feel we need to stop and think about what and where and what we are diving. Pay our respects. Kinda like kids running through a graveyard on a Friday night. A little scary, a little risky, fun, macabre and a little perverse all at the same time.
     We boarded the boat barely an hour after we first entered the water and headed off to a small island for a picnic lunch. When they said 'small'......they meant SMALL! About the size of a city lot and with 2 fellows there to greet you and help land your boat, we stumbled ashore over the coral and sat on the veranda ('lanai' to the locals) of a small rental 'cabin' and ate our PB and J sandwiches with our plantains and diet's that for mixing cultures? Words cannot do justice this little vacation rental.....suffice to say it was quaint and be sure to check out the pictures.
     The Heian Maru was our afternoon dive and it was a submarine tender that was bombed and sunk settling on its starboard (right) side in just over 100 feet of water. Sifting through more detritus of war and feeling like we are actually walking/swimming through an underwater museum. Really amazing when you think about it. Wildlife was getting more interesting as well. Phillipe saw a shark off in the distance, one green turtle swam above for a short distance and we came across a very tiny sea hare (nudibranch) and a few pipefish. Of course you will have to take my word for it as my fisheye lens is not so hot for macro shots, so no 'evidence' , as it were.
The sun was high in the sky and blinding as we emerged from our last dive of the day and the ride back to 'our' island was a little less rough and back-jarring than the previous day's trek. Back to our little slice of paradise, clean up, rinse our gear, a refreshing beverage, collect Wendy and off for dinner. Time to put 'Precious' (my camera) back together and get ready for tomorrow's dives. Chad, Kelsey and Tom arrive in tonite at about 2200hrs. Claudio has his nose in a book and I am ready for 'lights out'. TTFN.
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Viv on

Another amazing blog entry and those photos... WOW!!! Thanks for sharing your trip adventures, this is the next best thing to being there. Enjoy.

Sandra on

You're doing a great job with the blogs Ronda! Thoroughly enjoying them; say hi to all and hope Wendy is feeling better!

pat on

great adventurer thanks feel like we are there hope the beer is cool after dives so you can relax....carry on maties...

Daphne Manning on

Next time take your Mother!!!! Any Mototos,,,love you Mom

Leanne on

Wow...better than sitting in a class room!!!

I am soooo feeling for Wendy.
Carbos and meclizine.....It will improve!!! Hey, I know....

Jess on

Breathtaking pictures! Enjoy your trip of a lifetime!!

Liz on

glad to know you are now diving and enjoying the long awaited

take good care of 'Precious' and am enjoying the pics as usual
you are amazing my friend

Lucy on

This is so amazing that I can see your vacation highlights as you live them. You are living the dream...and obviously enjoying every bit of it! Thanks for sharing.

janetandpeter on

These photos are fantastic! You must be feeling very happy with your camera setup right now. The photos that I took back in 1996 were really bad! I understand your sentiments about diving war wrecks completely. It is good that the government there protects them with heavy fines for souvenir hunters.

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