My Imajica Experience
Sailing Ground from www.theimajicaexperience.com
March 24, 2007 10:22pm
Well, it's not long before wheels up out of
JFK. The reality is beginning to
set in. The To Do list is starting to get shorter(at least it
stopped growing!) and I can almost hear a clicking sound as things
knocked off. The item I was sweating most was my visa. I mailed
passport and application to the PNG embassy a couple of weeks
ago. I was
confident of a quick turnaround since my e-mail queries were
less than an hour. I got nervous when they rang my cell phone
a few days ago
and told me I needed to fill out more forms. I deduced from the
e-mailed that they had me down for skippering my own yacht. A
e-mails and two days later(Thursday morning) I received a reply
passport and tourist visa would be in my hands no later than
Monday. It was
waiting for me at home yesterday. Tom, how's that for just-in-time
management? I secured my visa for Australia last night, online.
Adventure travel, e-mailed all of my documents. I made the rezzies
Brisbane, so I suppose I could leave now. Ha!
It's been looking a bit like Christmas outside
my apartment lately. I went
on a tear shopping/reviewing/shopping/comparing/learning/buying
Tuesdays ago. I was completely done in by 3:30am, but it was
successful venture. Basically, I'm loaded for bear on this trip.
lightly will be the trick, but hey, I've got a couple of days
yet to figure
The Pentax K-100 made it. Got a 2GB SD for
the camera and another 2GB for a
Zoom H4 digital audio recorder I picked up. Found a great review
battery charger so no more pitching dead AA's. I now have a rain
sheds water rather than filtering it. There were some very positive
for an underwater camera with replaceable film for under $20,
so I ordered
one(it will be going in the bathtub for a leak check tonight
now that the
plumber has been by). All the other ordered gear is in, now it's
runs to CVS and Lowe's for the remainder of the pack.
My cousin Paul was shooting me a few links
the other week after we got on
the subject of Tok Pisin(Melanesian Pidgin English). One of the
was put up by Eva Lindstrom of
Stockholm. It offered a lot of helpful insight into the local
structure and culture. I was impressed enough to send an e-mail
thanks and mention my planned visit to New Ireland. I was quite
receive a reply from Eva a little over an hour later.
Eva told me she still misses her village,
almost daily. She has been to New
Ireland twice doing fieldwork as a linguist. She spent 20 months
enjoyed every bit of it. She wished me well. I thought that was
it, but she
e-mailed again recenty to ask a favor. It seems I'll be near
village, when I visit Tembin. I'll be carrying some letters(printed
actually) for her that we hope will make their way to the right
anything it will serve as in introduction. Eva says the biggest
be trying to explain how I DON'T know her. Ha! I have no idea
letters say, one is in Tok Pisin and the other is in Kuot.
I was not doing my homework the past month
in keeping up with the Imajica
Experience website. I addition to lots of new pages, it appears
new member of the family, Imajica II, an 82' North Pacific Schooner.
website says she'll be used for expeditions starting early April.
tells me she's still on her way from Indonesia. Beau(Jesse's
Mark McPherson are delivering her now. Imajica II will sleep
10 guests and
will increase the range of future itineraries. My group is only
we'll fit aboard Imajica just fine. I'm looking forward to seeing
boat at some point during my trip.
As far as itinerary, it looks like this(all
Wed., 3/28 mid-morning Amtrak from Schenectady
to Penn Station. A-Train to
the AirTrain to JFK. Qantas to LAX. LAX to Sydney. (ever wonder
pronounced "qwontas"? It's an acronym for Queensland
Territory Aerial Services).
Fri., 3/30 Arrive Sydney(it's a long flight
but I will also lose a day
crossing the date line). Catch another Qantas flight to Brisbane.
bag at the hotel. Chill a bit and stroll the CBD.
Sat., 3/31 Free day in Brisbane.
Sun., 4/1 Air Niugini flight to Port Moresby.
Overnight in Port Moresby.
Mon., 4/2 Air Niugini flight to Kavieng. I
don't think Jesse and I will
have a hard time spotting each other at the airport. Overnight
at anchor in
Tue., 4/3 Do some provisioning and head out.
Maybe we will have left the
Fri., 4/13 Return to Kavieng. Nusa Island
Sat., 4/14 Free day Nusa Island.
Sun., 4/15 Air Nuigini to Port Moresby.
Mon., 4/16 Day trip to Owers Corner, start
of the Kokoda Trail.
Tue., 4/17 Early morning flight to Brisbane.
Wed., 4/18 Mid-morning flight to LAX. Then
LAX to JFK. Then AirTrain to
A-Train to Amtrak to Albany(seem a couple of themes here?). Arrive
10:30pm(too bad there isn't a scheduled train to Schenectady
A very long day. Two actually.
Thu., 4/19 Go to work, at least in time to
open for the matinee of Spelling
Well, that's it for now. Look for an update
along the way(the laptop IS
going with me). I'm hopeful the travel isn't going to be as consuming