It is BEAUTIFUL here!
I’ve been on Kwajalein for almost a week now, and it still feels pretty surreal. I’m starting to settle in more though, and I really enjoy it here.
Picking up from where I left off in my last post, I took about a 5-hour flight from Hickam AFB in Honolulu (had to get up at about 1 am!). I arrived here Tuesday morning local time.
The first surreal experience was just beginning to notice little islands covered in palm trees surrounded by the bluest water you could imagine. We barely saw any land before we approached and landed on the runway.
After I got off the plane and got my temporary badge, I met Ed (the ATSC site manager), Mark (chief meteorologist), and Josh (one of the staff meteorologists). After I dropped off my bags in my BQ (bachelor’s quarters), Josh showed me around the island. First, I have to say my BQ is nicer than I expected. It seems fairly new or newly renovated, perhaps (or at least kept in good condition). It’s pretty much like a hotel room. My room is furnished with a bed, bookshelf, dresser, entertainment stand, bedside stand, computer desk and chair, coffee table, and chair. There are two large closets, a little kitchenette (mini fridge/freezer, sink, counter space and cupboards and a few shelves), and the bathroom. I have a large window facing west towards some more buildings and palm trees (can’t quite see the lagoon though). I’m on the third floor.
Anyway, I started to unpack that first day and get settled in. The next couple of days I spent finishing up some paperwork and getting another tour of the island from Mark.
On Friday I began to shadow Mark. I’ll be shadowing him for a while, to get forecasting training. The day shifts (which I’ll be on for a while) are from 9:30 to 5:30. So far I’m just working Tuesday through Saturday, with Sundays and Mondays off (our “weekends”, to correspond with Saturday/Sunday in the US). While a overwhelming at first, I think I’ll get the hang of things fairly quickly and really enjoy it.
Today I got out and took some photos around the island. I also went wading in the lagoon. The water’s great! I still can’t believe how turquoise blue the water is…it’s better than Hawaii. There aren’t a lot of people here, so the beaches and the water is quite nice.
Here are a few photos. Since the Internet connection I have at home is slow dial-up, I won’t post too many photos just yet and I’ll be shrinking them down so they upload faster.
PS – Note I changed the header to a photo of the ocean from Kwaj! 🙂
A few other random notes. There are a handful of radio stations out here, to my surprise. Several times a day there’s a bugle call. They have different ones at different times (morning, noon, early evening, and late evening). The one I usually hear so far is at 10 pm. It’s interesting. 🙂
I’ll try to update with more photos and writing as I have time and patience to work with a slow Internet connection. 🙂