Mogethin! Hello from Yap! I’m a little late posting this year as I’ve definitely taken a more laid back approach to this trip. This is my third trip to Yap in 4 years. During my first trip I was so focused on taking pictures and capturing various moments and experiences. In my second trip I tried to find a balance between taking pictures and simply enjoying those moments and experiences. This trip I’m definitely more focused on the here and now….
Ok, so let me recap our trip so far. We have been on Yap for 10 days now and during that time we’ve experienced and seen a lot of Yap. We arrived late on Saturday May 10th after 2 days of traveling. After making the short trek to our home in Ruul we unpacked and pretty much all of us were sound asleep by 12:30 Sunday morning. Jet lag is amazing if not predictable as all of us were wide awake by 5:00 am. At this point we all decided to watch the sunrise from atop Mount Madeqdeq (pronounced Madaadaa), one of the highest points in Yap. It was a perfect start to our trip. We spent the next few days adjusting to life on Yap. Students figured out where to buy food and other necessities, they completed their open water certification becoming certified scuba divers and we met with our local counterparts to determine our work schedule.
This year we have an exciting set of projects (as we do every year). Some of my future posts (which will probably come a few days after the fact) will focus on the specific projects and experiences. Some of our projects include:
– Mapping burn areas for Ag & Forestry and the Yap State Fire Department (including a possible trip to the forbidden island of Ramuung)
– Mapping water lines for the Yap State Public Utilities
– Mapping a historic site in Maakiy that will be included in an UNISCO World Heritage Site application
– Mapping portions of three villages to develop a land use map for a US Forest Service watershed grant
Once again we have a great group of students who so far have handled every aspect of Yap and the JBIP experience. So for now, Kefel!