CXCIX – Morgan’s Bluff

Thursday March 5th, 2014.

Today is Gerardus Mercator’s birthday!!! Thanks to Google for bringing this to my attention, now a cake will have to be baked and all that crap. You are saying who the hell is Gerardus Mercator? He is the dude that invented a flat map that represents a round earth. If not for him we would have a drawer full of spherical globes to use for navigation. Our GPS displays would have been cool though, spherical screens like a crystal ball like something from Star Trek (original series). The ironic part of all this, they had just come to grips with the earth being round…here comes Gerardus who makes it flat again. He was jailed as a heretic. Mercator Projections were in full use in the 1800’s.

A while back I noticed Linda Faubert holding someone’s birthday balloon that she came across walking on a beach somewhere ahead of us (we’re getting there). I’ve started to look for things as we walk the various beaches along the way. Yesterday in walking about ½ mile of beach we found the remains of 6 balloon bundles or remains. Some of these balloons are Mylar some are typical latex. Balloons are only a small part of the millions of pieces of man-made junk that litters the beautiful beaches.

John and I went biking here yesterday. We biked about 7 miles out to Lowes Sound. This island is relatively poor. Everything but fish has to be brought in by boat for their consumption.

Just 12 days til St. Patrick’s day…I can’t wait.

Here are some pictures from the past few days. I only have one comment and that is about balloons. They make good pets but when you abandon them and release them outside they float away and land on some beautiful beach like here at Morgan’s bluff. We found six or so remnants along 1/4 mile of beach.

comment and that is about balloons. They make good pets but when you abandon them and release them outside they float away and land on some beautiful beach like here at Morgan’s bluff. We found six or so remnants along 1/4 mile of beach.

 

One thought

  1. Speaking of balloons! A few years ago walking the beach on south side of Cockburn Island came upon a weather balloon which had travelled from a weather station in Arizona,at least it had container (prepaid postage) and we returned as requested.

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