Day 2 Diving
Trip Start Jan 12, 2010
17Trip End Feb 10, 2010
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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 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 colas.....how'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
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.