Re: Palau trip
- Wow pcpaul!! Way to go.
Ever since we returned stateside we vowed never to take life for
granted again because even life's everyday experiences are beautiful
and a gift. But we sometimes do take things for granted.
But also sometimes, there are things and people that inspire. A
song perhaps. Your adventure, definitely.
I was going to say something about my typical day but I'm happy with
it. Yours--I will aspire to.
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "Paul DEVER" <pcpaul@h...> wrote:
> I was recently selected to be the Chargé d'Affaires in Palau while
> current Chargé d'Affaires a.i. was an a conference out of
> thought you might enjoy these recaps of work and leisure.
> Wow....should I tell you about the Rock Islands, or about the
> pretty fish, or the kayak ride or jumping from a cliff, or taking
> from the Japanese pillboxes, looking at a sunken Zero, or seeing
> clams (3 feet wide), or the 100 types of coral, or meeting the
> the Republic of Palau...
> Hmm, well I guess all of them, how is that??????
> My plane ride was nothing to write home about so I won't...heh,
> checked into the hotel, and went to walk on the beach. It is a
> beach, but you wouldn't know it...apparently they had to import
> It is a nice beach.
> I met with the current charge and we discussed various topics,
> special. Then we parted, and I went to read into the wee hours of
> night. I woke up at 6, having placed a call to Sam's Tours to
pick me up
> and go off on one of their tours. I chose the Nikko Bay Tour.
> involves kayaking around, and snorkeling and looking at various
> relics, and then eating lunch, and looking at more treasures.
> I am more of a fish person than a coral person, so as pretty as
> were, I got more out of the pretty fish. So I got ready and
> waited in the lobby, and then thought that it was like every other
> had visited in the last fifteen years: time is relative. No, that
> the problem. The person on the other end of the phone had not
told me to
> meet at the dock. So the boat guy came and grabbed me.
> Four of us got on the boat with a guide. We were a couple of
pilots and a
> guy from Continental Airways. We got everything straightened out,
> were on our merry way. We were dropped off to do some snorkeling
> lots of places to snorkel), and then we hopped into the kayaks,
> around. It was much like going out with my dad in the canoe in
> Tobesofkee. But this time I had to do all the paddling. It was
fun, and we
> saw all sorts of coral, and learned about how coral grow, how they
> their own little DMZs, and their on ways of taking over species.
> I got more of a kick out of seeing the fishes: all colors, and all
> shapes. If I can find a book of fish, I will scan them and send
> out...very nice, but the only book I saw so far was for $65, and
as much as
> I want to share the photos with you all, it ain't THAT much...
> We went into a small cave that was filled with bats, and guano...I
> smelled worse, but I have also smelled better. I prefer better.
I got a
> few pictures, picked the bats off my shirt, and we continued. All
in all a
> good start to the day.
> The guide (Butler) took us to a few Japanese landing tracks that
> in the wrong place. We also saw a 20mm cannon that they had tried
> up a hill using Chinese POWs as labor, but they had dropped it one
> times in the water, and their it stayed.
> According to Butler, the Japanese occupied much of Micronesia and
> established pillbox outposts all over the islands. We saw two or
> them. I took a few pictures and we shall together see if they
> We then stopped at the pillbox that had some Japanese written in
> also left thousands of saki bottles around, so I know what they
> when offduty) and had lunch.
> We climbed back down the hill, back into the kayaks and saw
> track. Then we kayaked again and saw more coral (Is it possible
to see TOO
> MUCH coral??? I think so, but others might disagree), and went to
> Lake. Not sure why it is called that, but it is...You get to it,
> snorkeling into it, since the opening is not big enough for a
kayak when the
> tide is coming in, and it was.
> It was nice: pristine, unbothered by human hands, and almost
> the tide is all the way in...It was Paradise, but no McDonald's or
> JollyBee's. I saw more coral, and a few cool looking fish...
> We then stopped at Cathedral Cave, and saw some nice stalagmites
> stalactites, whichever grown down). From there we were able to
dive off a
> high-rise. I did it three times, and got my picture (as well as
> doing it. I will show to those who are interested. I hope it
comes out, I
> reached maximum velocity pretty quickly...and I think I might have
> infection, but Bahala Na!!!!!!!!!!!!!, i.e. Zimatchatika!
> End of Chapter One...
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