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Almost Live: Maasdam - Seattle to Sydney 2019

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6 hours ago, erewhon said:

Thank you for showing us the route map to Wewak.

Are the other towel animals still permitted?

Yes.  We had a bird last night.

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2 hours ago, Btimmer said:

Yes.  We had a bird last night.

 

Thank you for your reply.

Always enjoy seeing the towel animals each evening.

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9 hours ago, Btimmer said:

Today at the coffee chat the Executive housekeeper announced that instructions from Seattle now ban the creation of towel monkeys.  Political correctness gone amuck. 

 

It doesn't surprise me.

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You brought back memories of our 2015 disastrous embarkation to Guam.

Your four coming Lido Market dinners look tempting.  (Heritage, Indian, French, and Australian-South Pacific)

Barbara

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We crossed the equator about 2.5 hours ago and then had the shellback ceremony. The person kneeling is one of the ship's 2 doctors.76BEF549-13ED-4C9B-B61C-2AC29851B559.jpeg.ee489af7735e1c417cffcd971b6d3273.jpeg60ED3E94-76C7-4C66-92E2-F9CF051ABED0.thumb.jpeg.ca1c75ebe002dc8f9517a5cb7bee4fbd.jpeg

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We had quite the adventure today in Wewak, Papua New Guinea.  Details are in my blog.  Here are a few pictures.

 

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Great photos! It looks somewhat similar to the small river off the Amazon at Santarem where we went fishing for piranhas. Not surprising since both are near the Equator.

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Something is different about your blog photos.  I cannot get them to open.  😞

Barbara

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I have the photos fixed I believe.  I don't know what happened.

 

We had a great day in Madang, PNG. Walked out to the Coastal Watchers Monument, went snorkeling and stood next to the world's most dangerous bird.  

 

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24 minutes ago, Krazy Kruizers said:

Wonderful reports.  Love the pictures.  Do you know why that bird is so dangerous?

The adult version of this bird (cassowary) has a bad temper and the talons are razor sharp and will slice open what ever it comes in contact with.  The pictures one is a juvenile.

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Thanks for fixing the photos, Tim.

You really had a memorable adventure in wewak, PNG.

Madang looks interesting too.

Had no idea that cassowaries had such nasty and dangerous temperaments.  We were surprised in Exmouth, Australia to find emus strolling the streets, hoping for handouts.  They looked fairly gentle from a distance.

Barbara

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We had a pleasant treat today at 10am.  Our reef pilot suggested that we sail into the Garove caldera for some scenic cruising. The Captain was thrilled to do it as were the passengers!  Here are a few photos from today.

 

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Caldera entrance from inside the caldera 

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small village  

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19 hours ago, Btimmer said:

The adult version of this bird (cassowary) has a bad temper and the talons are razor sharp and will slice open what ever it comes in contact with.  The pictures one is a juvenile.

 

Thank you for the explanation.

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Rabaul:  a new day with an ancient as well as a new caldera.

 

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The Maasdam from Volcano Observatory hill. The harbor is an ancient large caldera.

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an ancient caldera (the sea fills it) and a newer caldera in the background.  The sand and the water are quite warm from volcanic activity underneath us.

 

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Aussie memorial at Bitapaka memorial & cemetery 

 

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map of Rabaul from Admiral Yamamoto's bunker.  Super hot inside due to volcanic activity underneath 

 

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Sunset behind Mt. Vulcan

 

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leaving Rabaul. . .

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