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Solo RTW Sailor Jeanne Socrates' Adventures On, and Off, Nereida

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Thurs/Fri 20/21 Aug 2015 Pearl oysters...
Reid Inlet, Alaska05
Lazy day on Thurs, after getting up early to speak on radio - firstly to cruisers' Sonrisa Net and then, for quite a time, to West coast friends (and to station in Sydney, Aus) on 7151 - good clear signals from everyone. Fires in Pacific NW and B.C. are still raging badly - they desperately need sme rain and less wind if fires are to be brought under control. Firemen being killed and burned in efforts to cope.
Went snorkelling over to rocks on S side of bay - plenty of fish, from newly-hatched to usual large ones, some in shoals. Continued around to sandy beach - piles of pearl oyster shells - brought several back - they're beautiful!
Mostly relaxed and read Steinbeck - interesting comments about the sea life hereabouts, in among his typical philosophical ramblings...
Saw Space Station passing over - in N sky, passing W to E - but not very bright - sky not dark enough - a little too soon after sunset

Friday 21st August
Busy most of the day with clearing last of diesel from bilge - took an age but did retrieve 3.5l of good fuel, followed by emulsified bad from further aft. Had to abandon both manual and electric pumps and resort to paper towels held on end of long 'grabber' for remainder - slow, slow process....
Rays are frequently jumping, even at night, and after sunset, dark shapes of pelicans are close by and tonight had a pair of sealions swimming around.
Navy boat from DSanta Rosalia was stationed close by most of the day and overnight - could hear its chain snatching in the slight swell - must surely have disturbed their sleep.
Missed seeing the Space Stn - 'Scoots' said they thought it was not bright and were also not sure if they'd seen it - we'll try again when it passes over on Saturday. The Japanese craft should be closing in on it then.
Spent evening with 'Scoots' - we're both heading for Isla Partida tomorrow. I'm thinking of staying two nights before heading for Animas and eventually over to Bahia de Los Angeles briefly, before heading S again.

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