On Tuesday, I took a trip to Kure Atoll when they did the crew swap out. I'd been there a couple of years ago on my way to Tern Island and wanted to get back to check on the progress of the invasive plant work. It took the Kahana about 6 hours to get there. I'm glad I took my anti-seasick medicine, because I probably would have been pretty queasy by the time we got there. We got all the equipment and people switched out in about 4 hours. Since we can't pull into the Midway harbor in the dark, we had to wait until Wednesday morning to come back in. It seemed like it was about a 3 day trip, with the 2 ship rides and the time on Kure, but was actually only 24 hours. I've got more pics than usual, so I'll keep the text short this time.
Jim ties up the mooring lines as we leave Midway at sunrise. At sunrise, you don't need much crowd control. Only 3 people came to see the ship off.
Sunrise over Spit and Eastern Islands as we head out of the atoll.
This one isn't the clearest either, but you can see how big it's "flying" fins are.
The dolphins came to escort us to the island.
There are a lot of buckets to swap out.
Kure has a big verbesina problem just like Midway. They've had a year round camp, so they've been able to really knock it back. It looks great now compared to the last time I was here.
We had a medevac yesterday from a passing fishing boat. It was really windy and choppy, but the swells were low so at least it wasn't as bad as the last one we did. Sometimes I go out on the boat to pick up the patient, but yesterday I was the backup boat driver and stayed on the pier. A US Coast Guard C-130 came out last night to bring the patient to Honolulu.