We made our first trip to the eastern side of airport beach this weekend. This time we walked along Pala Lagoon, a shallow lagoon which is partially enclosed by the airport.
It was a rocky and trash filled walk, but we were turtle spotting the whole way and talking to fishermen, many of which offered to share their catch. We stopped for a bite to eat under the mangroves at the lagoon entrance.
Just around the mangroves we got a good look at the ship that wrecked a few months ago. This is what happens when the water depth goes from 900 feet deep to 2 feet in an instant.... and maybe a couple big waves too.
After hiking around the point and heading west a little, the shoreline is protected by shallow reef and we stopped to do a little swimming. Unlike the area on the western side of the airport, there is no sand here only piles of rock and coral. We arrived at low tide and most of the area was very shallow reef with only 0-6 inches of water, but the water I am facing in the picture (below) dropped straight down about 40 feet.
Three years ago I would have been diving all around this area looking for the biggest creatures I could find, but apparently being a Dad changes your brain and risk aversion is a new priority. The water clarity was poor due to our proximity to the lagoon, the sky was cloudy (limited sunlight) and the Lagoon mouth is the most highly reported area of shark sightings.... so I hugged the shoreline and wasn't in the water long... what a chicken.
Above is the view looking west, the sandy beach from out first Airport Beach outing is on the other side of that white light house in the distance. After cooling off we headed back, it's at least an hour walk and everyone was ready for a nap afterwards.
NOAH NEWS: Noah just about has down the ABC's and counting to ten! Mom plays/teaches with him everyday.
TIPS FOR FUTURE A.S. RESIDENTS: If you take this hike, wear sneakers. It's rocky and there are a few tricky parts. I made the mistake of just wearing my reef shoes and my feet took a beating.
The Jaskowiak Family
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