Saturday, September 3, 2011
A Dream 35 years in the making.
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I first started dreaming of diving Truck Lagoon when National Geographic put out it's Truk Lagoon edition. Today
that dream came true. Lisa and I dove our first two wrecks and it was absolutely amazing. The incredible state
of preservation and the amount of artifacts and equipment of these ships is astounding.The lagoon and the islands themselves
still have that 1930's "Biggles in the South Seas" atmosphere to them. It is almost as if time stood still.
This illusion is quickly dispelled though when one gets into town and sees the rundown vehicles and piles of garbage
in the streets and streams. There seems to be a large alcohol problem and poverty is rampant. On the brighter side,
the prices for food items are a pitance when compared to those in Canada. There is a bakery right here in the hotel
where we are staying, and they make the most amazing choccy bun conglomeration for $1.85. It must have at least a dozen
of these yummy buns all stuck together. The bakery is certainly making up for the 14 days of noodles/weiner sandwiches
for lunch in Bali. We've decided that fattening up in Chuuk might be a good idea before hitting Australia where a cup
of coffee is about $6.00. We had a 15 hour layover in Cairns before flying to Guam. Managed to burn through $200
for lunch, three rounds of coffee, and trip to and from the airport.
Pics to follow, got to run as I hear a choccy
bun calling my name
Wednesday, August 31, 2011
Bali week 2
Had the pleasure of diving the same site 5 times. Got to see the Giant Mola Mola. Droped down to 50 meters (bad
boy, dive limit is 35 meters) in order to get pics. The Mola Mola(Sunfish) only rises shallowly enough to be seen by
divers in two spots in the World, both of which are in Bali, only a couple of kilometers apart. Saw Manta rays and a
field of sting rays. There must have been 30 or more sting rays in a 50 square meter sand patch. The only bad
part of this experience is the 50 to 100 other divers all mobbing the pour fish and scaring them away before more qualified
and patient divers can get decent pics. Hence the dive down to 50 meters which weeded out the preemies and newbies (inexperienced
divers in scubaneses). Lisa especially liked the Balinese massages. One hour at $6 a pop. Sure beats a $100
pedicure in Calgary. All in all great second week and looking forward to next week and Truck Lagoon.
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