Yikes! I don’t know!
This is one of the most frequent questions we get and I used to give very assured answers – “generally this month or that month has more rain or less wind or whatever”, but not anymore!
I was recently asked about changes to weather patterns, coral health, etc. for a climate change survey and I realized that none of my old assumptions about the weather could be counted on.
In the past I would tell people that our “normal” rainy season would start at the end of November / early December and run through April, although February was often a sunny, dry month, and that is what I have posted on the Kosrae Village main site. But for the past couple of years the rains haven’t started until March and our summer months (June – October) have been stormier than usual.
I noticed also that the NOAA Pacific ENSO page for Kosrae lists April, May and June as the months with the most rainfall. By the way, this site is an excellent place to get a long range weather prediction for Kosrae, so when you are planning your holiday you might want to check them out.
The Weather For You site has an accurate report of the current weather as well as other information like sunrise and sunset times.
What’s it doing right now? Well we had a gorgeous sunrise, followed by a rain shower and now the sun is peeking though again. A typical day in paradise.
I have it on good authority that our bleu cheese dressing the best in the world. And, now – we will share it with the world!
I’m afraid that after that build up you might be a little disappointed, since we don’t have any secret ingredients, just bleu cheese.
Kosrae Village Bleu Cheese Dressing (one serving)
1-> Crumble about 1 teaspoon of bleu cheese in a small ramkin or whatever you will use to serve the dressing.
2-> Add about 1 ounce of Italian dressing and serve.
Ok, ok, here’s the Italian dressing recipe, some people are sooo demanding – -
Kosrae Village Italian Dressing
1-> Let the seasonings sit in the vinegar for a long time BEFORE adding the oil.
½ cup vinegar
½ cup red wine
1 teaspoon white pepper
½ head chopped garlic
1 tablespoon oregano
¼ cup parsley
3 ¼ cup olive oil
Bleu cheese lovers love this dressing, maybe because it’s got bleu cheese in it?
I’ve got GREAT news for you!
Many of you know that Continental and United merged last year to form United Continental Airline. The new name takes some getting used to – but I’ve flown quite a bit on the “new” airline in the last few months, and I can tell you that the service and everything you would want from an airline (like your intact luggage arriving with you :)) has been excellent.
United Continental is a member of the Star Alliance along with a bunch of other airlines. (Here’s the complete list of member airlines). Star Alliance has a large collection of discount “air passes” for different regions, and now –
Ta-Da!! They have just added a **Micronesia AirPass**!
Basically the rules are:
- You have to buy the airpass in conjunction with a ticket into the region on a Star Alliance partner. For us that means United Continental, of course if you are traveling from Europe or Asia there are other member airlines available. But UA – CO is the only airline that serves Kosrae.
- The ticket has to be bought outside of the Micronesian region.
- You have to make at least two 24 hour stops.
- You can only travel in one direction. So you can’t backtrack, except for passing through Guam.
- Right now you will have to contact the airline ticket office or a travel agent to buy the pass. If you work directly with the airline, you must ask for the “Micronesia AirPass”.
In a few months you should be able to find a fare calculator on this site. And here’s the link to the official rules and FAQs.
We are also offering any guest traveling on the AirPass a 20% discount on lodging at Kosrae Village, so you can save in a lot of ways, just be sure to let us know that you are using the AirPass ticket.
June 4 and 5 Bruce will be in the Kosrae Visitors Bureau booth, #535, at the Long Beach (California) Scuba Show. So you can drop by, ask him questions in person and of course, he will have a super show special to offer as well.
That Saturday afternoon, he’s also going to be doing a seminar about Kosrae coral, how we protect the reef and what makes Kosrae a super safe destination. People attending the seminar will have an opportunity to win some great prizes, including a Continental ticket to Kosrae!
I’m traveling again. This time to the NW Dive and Travel Show in Tacoma, Washington. The show is being held at the Tacoma Convention Center the weekend of April 9 – 10.
Of course I know that your real reason for coming to the show will be to visit me (in booth 509) and to find out why you should visit Kosrae Island and Kosrae Village – now. LOL
But, you might also want to take a peek at the other exhibitor’s booths. At last year’s show I learned about my new camera from the great folks in the Backscatter booth, and once I had saved up my pennies bought it from them as well. There is usually a great assortment of manufacturers, dive shops, educational and environmental agencies as well as other travel people at this show.
In case you can stop by, here is a link for a half price entrance coupon.
Last Saturday I went out with my current Open Water class for their final certification dive.
Not only did they complete their skills exceptionally well, they also helped to locate the mooring pin for a missing buoy, and replace the mooring line and buoy.
Old and New Mooring Buoy Lines
Karen and Diane Help with Lines
Nikki's Compass Swim
Brendon at Hiroshi
Here are a few of the things they saw during their dive.
Saddled butterflyfish (C. ephippium)
Anemone fish eggs
Ornate Butterflyfish (Chaetodon ornatissimus)
Two anemone species with commensal shrimp
Incidentally, the project repairing storm damage to the mooring buoy system could not have been done without generous support from Project Aware and the Australian Embassy in Pohnpei.
This is one of our many vegetarian recipes.
Kosrae Village Black Bean Chili
1-> Cover 2 cups black beans in drinking water, soak over night
2-> Drain and rinse beans with drinking water
3-> Add enough water to cover by 2 inches, bring to boil
4-> Cover and simmer 1 hour, add water if necessary
5-> In another pan cook onions and garlic until clear in olive oil.
- -> 2 onions, chopped
- -> 4 cloves garlic, chopped
6-> Add the following to the onions and garlic. Cook for a few minutes.
- -> 3 tablespoons chili powder
- -> 1 teaspoon cumin
- -> 3 teaspoons oregano
- -> 1 ½ teaspoon salt
- -> Drain the beans, save the water
- -> Put 2 cups of bean water back in the pot with the beans
- -> Add the seasonings and simmer
- -> Add more bean water if necessary
Beans should be soft, not crunchy when done.
Serve with some salsa and shredded cheddar cheese.
I spent most of yesterday installing a new photo gallery on the kosraevillage.com site. I know that sounds pretty grim, but it really wasn’t.
I needed to do this for a while, but kept putting it off. The old (tired) gallery used the Gallery2 software. Gallery2 can do everything including wash the dishes, but it was a little cumbersome to do the simple things that I need.
The Gallery3 software has been out for awhile and I finally decided to take the plunge and install it. Whenever I’ve been away from something a little technical (an application, website or whatever) it take me some time to remember (or re-learn :)) the little details. But in just a few hours I had the new gallery up and tweaked the way I wanted it, photos migrated from the old gallery and some new ones added. See what you think, here’s my gallery address. I’m sure that I will continue “tweaking” for awhile and I have quite a few new photos to add, so let me know if you have suggestions.
The Gallery software is free and open source. Even though it’s free the support, through the forums, is fast and helpful. If you are thinking of a photo gallery for your site check them out, here’s their address.
Here are the unofficial results for last Tuesday’s elections:
Four Year Senate Seat
Alik L. Alik => 2042
- Fred N. Skilling => 840
Two Year Senate Seat
Paliknoa K. Welly (unopposed) => 2953
(PL 15-60) Make Senate Terms Uniform (4 years)
(PL 15-61) Dual Citizenship
When the results are official I will update the election results page on the Kosrae Village website.
As you all know today Japan has suffered from a terrible earthquake and subsequent tsunami.
It appears that our region has escaped injury from the earthquake generated tsunami. According to NOAA’s Pacific Tsunami Warning Center the tsunami measured 2.1 ft when it passed Saipan in the Northern Marianas and .5 foot when it passed Yap, one of the Micronesian islands.
I don’t have the height of the wave when it passed Kosrae, but it doesn’t appear to have had any impact here on Kosrae Island.
All guests and staff at Kosrae Village are safe and well.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the Japanese people,
This past week I was able to join KCSO (Kosrae Conservation & Safety Organization, a NGO), KIRMA (Kosrae Island Resource Management Authority), and Kosrae State Marine Resources in surveying the coral and reef health at 8 different locations around Kosrae Island. Our team was lead by Dr. Peter Houk, a coral scientist from Saipan.
Peter was extremely generous with his time and help me improve my coral id skills as well as teaching us some new data collection and analysis techniques. It was hard work, but worthwhile and fun.
Identifying and Measuring Coral
And, oh yeah – I just happened to find the largest frog fish that I have ever seen. Here is his photo:
Giant Frogfish (Antennarius commersonii)
A face that only a mother could love:
Giant Frogfish FACE (Antennarius commersonii)