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hindsTMP Supporting Member of TMP07 Jun 2018 9:33 p.m. PST

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Actually, it's kind of pretty, assuming you can stand heat and humidity. Apparently there are modern medicines to protect tourists against malaria, etc.

MH

Twilight Samurai Supporting Member of TMP07 Jun 2018 10:24 p.m. PST

The Chinese seem to think it's worth a look.
Should also be easier to get to if they build their airport too, at least if your Chinese that is.

TMPWargamerabbit08 Jun 2018 12:04 a.m. PST

Chinese build the civilian airport to their military use spec's…… Wonder what the Aussie's will think of that.

Legion 408 Jun 2018 7:53 a.m. PST

Could be interesting for History buffs … but the tropical heat, humidity, insects, etc., etc., would not be too much "fun". The deeper you get into the jungle.

I've been to the Darian Jungle in Panama, in my youth with the 101. 3 deployments was enough for me ! huh? Not just heat, humidity, bugs, monsoons, but the place is "lousy" with critters. E.g. monkeys, snakes, arachnids, sharks off the coast, etc. Even the foliage will "attack" you, things like Black Palm, etc. frown

hindsTMP Supporting Member of TMP08 Jun 2018 10:53 a.m. PST

the place is "lousy" with critters. E.g. monkeys, snakes, arachnids, sharks off the coast, etc

Remember, some people *like* seeing critters, and that's one of the reasons for the trip. For example, I used to (SCUBA) dive, and like most divers we normally were happy to see sharks. There is a greater feeling of security (real or imagined) being underwater near the bottom or wall, as opposed to being on the surface. In the latter case, I would be worried about sharks, as I could be mistaken for one of their prey animals (seal, turtle, etc.), and they can see "up" a lot better than we can see "down".

MH

hindsTMP Supporting Member of TMP08 Jun 2018 11:04 a.m. PST

Here's another similar tourist destination. Apparently you have to really be in shape to do it.

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MH

Lion in the Stars08 Jun 2018 5:36 p.m. PST

And how much UXO is left on Guadalcanal?

I know Peleliu has so much UXO on it that there are places even the EOD guys refuse to go near!

Old Glory Sponsoring Member of TMP08 Jun 2018 9:44 p.m. PST

BOOM!!!

Yellow Admiral Supporting Member of TMP08 Jun 2018 11:16 p.m. PST

I would guess Guadalcanal got cleaned up pretty well, since most of the fighting was in the vicinity of Henderson Field, and that area is a lot more developed now. OTOH, there do seem to be a few artifacts of the war (gun emplacements, wrecks, etc.) here and there to look at.

- Ix

Yellow Admiral Supporting Member of TMP08 Jun 2018 11:21 p.m. PST

Mark – thanks for posting about the Kokoda trail site. That looks COOL! I may have to work up to some of those.

- Ix

Legion 409 Jun 2018 7:02 a.m. PST

Remember, some people *like* seeing critters, and that's one of the reasons for the trip. For example, I used to (SCUBA) dive, and like most divers we normally were happy to see sharks.
Oh I like seeing them … I just prefer not to spend days or longer "living" with them in the same jungle. It's their jungle, we were just visiting.

I remember as our flight or Hueys lifted off from Ft. Sherman, in the Canal Zone, Panama, right next to the ocean. As we gained altitude, what looked like a Great White broke the surface. About @ 12-15 long(?) or bigger. The pilot thought in would be "nice" to get a better look. But as we got lower the sound of the Huey's engine must have spooked it and it head down to deeper waters.

Always thought if we had lost power and landed in the water. It would have looked at us as Spam in the can ! frown

hindsTMP Supporting Member of TMP09 Jun 2018 10:23 a.m. PST

As we gained altitude, what looked like a Great White broke the surface. About @ 12-15 long(?) or bigger.

Not sure you would normally find great white sharks around the Canal Zone? Small whale shark perhaps? link

We always wanted to see one (whale shark) underwater, and never did.

MH

Legion 409 Jun 2018 2:16 p.m. PST

You may be correct, I'm no "shark expert". Like I said "what looked like" …

Regardless it did look pretty frakk'n Big from the open doors of that Huey ! huh? I thought when we got there during the briefing they told us that there were sharks in the water off the coast ? old fart

A shark is a shark to us in that situation … frown And don't want to go swimming with them.

Our divers saw a barracuda when they were diving there. And of course we all saw the 3 Russian Spy Trawlers off the coast as well. They might have been more dangerous than the local flora & fauna/sharks … huh?

Mobius09 Jun 2018 3:42 p.m. PST

And the possibility of unexploded ordnance.

Legion 410 Jun 2018 9:18 a.m. PST

That was a concern while on the DMZ in the ROK. Some minefields that possibly have been there since '53, were marked.

But as we all found out one day, a local farmer wandered into one that was not/no longer marked, etc. And blew the back of his foot off. And we had to go evac him … "Exciting" day … and AFAIK he lived …

But of course the CZ in Panama and DMZ in the ROK, were not a tourist destination generally at least where we were … wink

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