Someday to return...

Midway Islands Travel Blog

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Pair of turtles in the shallows
The month went by quickly, the barge was safely buried in a lined tomb, and I flew back home, vowing to find a way to come back. The Phoenix Corporation had worked a deal with the Fish and Wildlife Service to run a small ecotourism program. While I was there, groups of "volunteers", mostly older women, birder types, would pay $5000 a week to sleep in the Navy barracks, eat three squares in the mess hall, and pull weeds, count birds, or do other tasks. Aloha Air started flying the 737 once a week with supplies and a new group. I quickly fell apart though with Phoenix claiming too many restrictions from the Fish and Widlife Service, the pulled out. The research station remained active for a while after (see emily1322 's profile, she worked there at the very end of the program), but with no one to operate the infrastructure, the island was eventually abandoned, other than a small group of researchers.
A hermit crab the size of your fist on sugar-like sand
It's hard to get news from the island now, even my best contacts don't know anything. A little while back, the government contracted a firm to try running the island again, but it didn't go too well. The low bid was from a disabled-vetran-woman-owned special status native Alaskan firm without that kind of experience. They tried filling the big jet fuel tank from a ship, left the wrong valve open, and instead filled the sandy island with thousands of gallons of jet fuel. What a disaster! Last I heard, they were trying to find ways to pull all of the fuel out of the soil, and they island was a big mess. I'm still always working on finding a way to return to my beloved Midway, but haven't had any leads lately.
jennjeff1 says:
What a unique and rare opportunity to go to Midway Island!
Posted on: Jun 07, 2008
cneoridium says:
It's actually one of the few environmentally friendly things that President Bush did, updated the northwestern Hawaiian Islands from a wildlife refuge to a marine sanctuary (no oil there, I guess). Normally abandoning an island is a good thing, but because of some of the issues there - invasive shrubs covering nesting areas, stray driftnets clogging the reef - a lack of maintenance could be a problem for the creatures there.
Posted on: Jun 07, 2007
crystalware says:
It is sad that something so beautiful was abandoned and left to just waste away. With so much wildlife there you would think the government would do something to preserve that area.
Posted on: Jun 07, 2007
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Pair of turtles in the shallows
Pair of turtles in the shallows
A hermit crab the size of your fis…
A hermit crab the size of your fi…
Hawaiian green sea turtles are sti…
Hawaiian green sea turtles are st…
Theres an occasional hiss of brea…
There's an occasional hiss of bre…
Hawaiian monk seal, nearly extinct…
Hawaiian monk seal, nearly extinc…
Dancing goonies as the sun goes do…
Dancing goonies as the sun goes d…
Midway Islands
photo by: cneoridium