Kwajalein Atoll: Escape and imagination fuel

For several years now, I have randomly chosen deserted islands and atolls never before known to me to investigate.

Sometimes they sound lonely.  Sometimes they sound amazing.  Sometimes I can imagine living there, just to get away from a not great day.  In truth, my research is just a way of coping.  I imagine, I escape and finally, I know that if I wanted to, I could go live there.  That is what my 20’s taught me.  I do entertain the thought, me and the girls, elsewhere.  I have a little Walter Mitty in me that way.  (Loved the movie, Ben, thank you)

Recent one I chose was the Kwajalein Atoll.  Not as exciting as others, I admit, Looks to be a largely military place, but with amazing coastline and underwater life.  I love to snorkel, so, maybe it would be good?

oceanmap

Kwajalein Island is the southernmost, and the largest, of the islands in the Kwajalein atoll. The northernmost, and second largest, island is Roi-Namur.The island is about 1.2 square miles It is 2.5 miles long and averages about 800 yards wide

Kwajalein Underwater gave some beautiful images of what lies beneath the surface…  There are many images there, all the stuff looks like it came from outer space.

Kwajalein is a group of islands that surround a lagoon, they are not quite right between Guam and Hawaii in the Pacific.  The atoll played a role in World War 2.

It is the home of the Reagan Test Site for Ballistic Missiles.  Not my favorite thing on an island, but it does have some interesting pictures.

Here is a map of the collection of islands.

https://i1.wp.com/upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/9/9f/Kwajalein_Atoll%3Bp12%28map%29.gif

There are close to 100 islands in the atoll, with about 12 ones being of any size.  Some are natural areas, not part of the Reagan Test Site, some can be reached by just walking across the lagoon.  There are a few wrecks of different ships in the lagoon between the islands, relics of World War 2.

Sometimes, just a different, very remote, quiet place with many stars in the sky and away from this world sounds very, very good.

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