Windy ! Wednesday

Trip Start Feb 25, 2008
Trip End Mar 24, 2008

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Wednesday, March 5, 2008

Hello -- Wednesday 03-05-08 Already. Too windy today to stay on point to get the marks and bottom video we need. The boat will not go slow enough to do continuous video, so we need to go 20 or 30 meters, basically stop and lower the camera. The wind blew us so far off course that it used up too much time getting to the next spot (this is Not a speed boat). Instead we rented motorcycles and two of the boatmen drove us up the main Crowded road, up steep Rough rocky roads to Mount Luho, apparently the highest peak here. (Mike & Jesse would have ridden up in no time, enduro style. Climbed a look-out tower to see both sides of the island at once (very steep climb). Even more windy up there. On the ride back down I videotaped almost the whole way -- Manda said I couldn't do it. Held on with my left hand to the handle in back of me, videotaped with my right hand, eyes on the open screen of the camera. Fun !

This morning I noticed that one of the unique sounds of this place comes from people sweeping leaves and sand with a walis-ting-ting -- also a good name for the sound, which is like whisk, whisk -- Oh, yeah, wisk broom! They're about 2 feet long with no handle, so the folks bend at the waste. Why no handle ? Not traditional. They are made of coconut leaves with the green leafy part taken away and just the center spine left. Another broom -- walis tamboh -- does have a handle, but still very shoot -- it is made of a soft fiber and is used for dusting sand out of the floor of the rooms.

All for now -- it's 10:45 pm -- by the time I get to the internet cafe I'm pretty sleepy. The days rush by. I'll try to fill in the previous 2 days at another time -- but they include climbing the steep rocky steps behind the Orchids to Lynn & Herman's house high on the hill, beautiful views and sunset. A long visit with them and with Trevor Long and Eli (Elizabeth) Burleigh who lived in Africa for many years. Maybe I wrote this before. See ...too late.
My good 14 inch Sears clamp vibrated loose and fell into the water. Even with GPS we could not get to the same spot. Amanda and 2 boatmen swam with masks looking for it -- Oh, Well. A contribution to the sea. Instead of the clamp we are using the ubiquitous nylon line (like weed wackers use) and rubber from an inner tube to tie on the transducer mount. Almost Everything is tied together with the nylon line -- even the bamboo buildings are built with it.
More later ------ Hope All Are Well.
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samuelw3 on

Thanks Hank!
Ok, now we know what to get hank for Christmas! Several 14' Sear's Clamps. :-D

It is awesome to read all your adventures. We can't wait to see the video's & photos.
-Sam & Staci

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