3D Thursday – Shipwreck on Fanning Island

Shipwreck-1Tabuaeran, Republic of Kiribati.

Some 1135 miles (1826 km) due south of Hawaii, a small coral atoll is one of the closest landfalls to the 50th state in the United States. Fanning Island, as the British named Tabuaeran, is one of the most exotic places we’ve ever visited. For a number of years, the island, part of the Line Islands chain, found itself on the itinerary of Norwegian Cruise Lines (NCL), a weekly stop due to an old United States Maritime Law. Continue reading

Weekly Photo Challenge – Eye Spy


This week’s photo challenge is named “Eye Spy”. Michelle W. asks us to take “eye” as our inspiration. In the opening image, two brothers, natives of the Republic of Kiribati, await the older brother’s turn at performing for the passengers who arrived on Fanning Island (Tabuaeran) via cruise ship. More images from the island can be found here. Continue reading

Weekly Photo Challenge – Family

Tabuaeran, Republic of Kiribati

This week, we are challenged to share photos relating to “family.” Of course, the traditional family is that which first comes to mind. But there are many families, both human, plant and animal, as I have already seen from other submissions to the photo challenge this week. From the challenge, “THIS WEEK, IN A POST CREATED SPECIFICALLY FOR THIS CHALLENGE, SHARE A PHOTO SHOWING FAMILY.” Continue reading

Cruise to Fanning Island

Land Ho

After two days and nights at sea, our first view of Fanning Island.

As my wife, Lynn, and I are leaving on a cruise in a few days, I thought it would be fun to share our cruise experience from a few years ago.

Tabuaeran, Republic of Kiribati

Fanning Island, known also as Tabuaeran, is a coral atoll, part of the Line Island chain located about 250 miles north of the equator. Though uninhabited when first discovered by the Europeans, Continue reading