Saturday, May 31, 2008
Here's the Walnut. All of the Coast Guard buoy tenders are named after trees.
This was the scene at the BBQ.
Greg and I found this albatross about to drown in the harbor so we pulled it out. It probably won't make it, but at least it has a chance.
Thursday, May 29, 2008
And speaking of the Coast Guard, a medevac plane (C-130) is coming in tonight. A person was sick on a cargo ship and we went out and picked him up outside of the atoll a couple of hours ago. They'll take him to Honolulu tonight.
We also went through our big marine debris pile and separated out all of the ropes and lines, glass, metal, and plastic. It was sort of fun to go through all that junk and see what has washed up over the last 2 years.
The visitors are pulling the verbesina.
Here's me, Greg, Brent, and Dana.
This is the cargo ship waiting outside of the atoll for the Safeboat to get there. I took this picture next to the power plant looking south over the runway.
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
It was a perfect day today. I went for a swim at lunch and took this picture of Capt. Brooks' Tavern on the left and the Clipper House on the right.
A monk seal swam by just after I got out of the water.
Two of the visitors here now are sisters and attended school on Midway between 1976 and 1978 so it's been fun to talk to them. We have a yearbook from 1976 that has pictures of them in 3rd and 10th grades. They have some great stories and have a lot of information about where things were. They are really glad to be back and they said they have been reading my blog, which prepared them for things like the school being torn down. They are also disappointed that there aren't seashells all over North Beach like there were back then. They are happy they have the chance to bring their families to the place that they have such great memories of.
This white tern was sitting near the harbor waiting to feed its chick.
I left for about 30 minutes and found another tern (or maybe the same one) in the same spot with another meal for its chick. This is a little cuttlefish or squid.
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
At 1:00 we started a patanque (pronounced patak) tournement. It is pretty much the same as bocce ball. It's 10:15 and still going on. Dave (airport manager) and I were partners and got knocked out at 8:30 so it was a good activity for the day.
Here is the wreath at the Navy memorial made from plumeria, hibiscus, spider lillies, and even a couple of verbesina flowers and castor bean seeds.
This is the George Cannon memorial. As I've said before, he was the first Marine in WWII to be awarded the Medal of Honor. He was killed Dec. 7, 1941 when a bomb bounced off another roof and came through the window (I've heard it's the one on the left in the picture). The 4 ft. thick roof probably would have stopped the bomb, but it was a lucky shot.
Barry is looking for his next shot at patanque.
The game is still going on with work lights and golf carts.
Sunday, May 25, 2008
This is where I found the bottle.
Here's the soggy note. I'll let you know if I find anything out.
Saturday, May 24, 2008
Here's Aaron checking out the ship.
Thursday, May 22, 2008
A canary made a nest in our tool room. I hope no one needs jumper cables anytime soon.
Here's a view from Bulky Dump toward Frigate point along South Beach.
Here are the visitors and volunteers pulling the verbesina.
Here's a red-tailed tropic bird chick that was under one of the trees. It looks like it hatched yesterday or the day before.
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
Here is an old barracks building that isn't used anymore.
The ceiling is falling in on the pool table.
Here's a bird picture for the day. This is near the old fuel farm.
Monday, May 19, 2008
Here are pictures of the harbor buildings near the finger piers. This is the old harbor office.
This is a view of some of the junk that's left in this building. Most of the buildings have at least some junk, and some have a lot. Some of it is useful, but most isn't.
This building was where the old contractor had their scuba office. We just use it to store life jackets for the boats.
There still is a hyberbaric chamber in the back of that building. It needs some work but is probably fixable.
While I was taking the building pictures, I saw this frigate bird sunning itself on a branch.
Sunday, May 18, 2008
The visitor groups are back again. I think there are about 13 on this trip. There will only be one more group after this for this season. The FWS wanted to kind of start slow and make sure everything goes alright.
Here's the "Parachute Building". I guess this is where they used to hang parachutes to prepare them. Now we use it for the recycling center.
This is the old machine shop. This building has a serious lead paint problem. A few people came out a couple of months ago to see what it would take to clean it up. That's why there's one little painted section. Someone came out last week to train the Chugach guys on lead paint removal, so sooner or later we'll get it cleaned up I hope. The albatross chicks around the buildings with lead paint die frequently from developmental problems.
Inside the machine shop there are the usual tools such as drill presses, saws, etc. I doubt if any of them are functional because they are very rusty. This picture shows a big lathe and a shark cage. I assume that's here from the days when people were allowed to scuba dive here. It's really interesting to check these places out.
Saturday, May 17, 2008
Thursday, May 15, 2008
This white tern found a decent spot to lay an egg on Eastern Island.
This afternoon, Greg and I did some spraying and the volunteers checked the albatross plots. So it was a usual Wednesday afternoon.
The red-footed booby chicks are hatching now. It will take a while to get the red feet.
The mullets swim around the piers on the surface looking for food. This fish looks like it's about 3 pounds or so.
Wednesday, May 14, 2008
I took quite a few pictures on Saturday, so I am still putting them up from then.
Here are two consecutive pictures of the same dolphin spinning out in the harbor. I just zoomed in a little on the computer on the second.
Monday, May 12, 2008
Here's another shot from Saturday. Ben, Kristin, and Brandon are coming back to the beach after some kayaking.
I was over at the cliffs on the north beach taking pictures. The cliffs are only 2 feet tall, but it's still interesting to see the same erosion patterns as real rock cliffs.I love the colors of the water.
Saturday, May 10, 2008
We finally got our mail today. It's been 3 weeks since we got anything, since the Navy plane that came last time, didn't bring any. Thanks for the packages Mom & Dad and Dasha.
Dana is putting the blue on the bill.
Kristen is painting the pink on the bills.
Here's one that's almost done. We didn't get all the black done, but they are a lot more colorful now, and more like the real thing.