Saturday, January 14, 2012
Good morning. Here is an amazing sunrise from where the United States' day really begins.
Last night was outstanding. Wake Island has ~80 Thai people that comprise the majority of the island's work force. The Thais are some of most polite, skilled and dedicated people you will ever come across.
My friend and I were invited to one of the beach houses for a great Thai dinner. The food was the best I have had since my arrival. It compares to the best Thai restaurants in the States. There was papaya salad, sticky rice, a spicy duck dish, pad thai noodles with chicken, fried rice with pork. There was a new item I have never had before, Wasabi plant leaves. You take a portion of the leaf and use it to grab your choice of dishes. The wasabi leaves with the hot papaya salad had a bit of a twang to it, but it was good.
Here is the terminal building at Wake Island
Airfield. Compared to Midway we see a greater number of aircraft operations. As an aviation enthusiast I am in heaven to be around swarms of F/A-18 Hornets, KC-135 flying gas stations and my airplane, slow but will get you there C-130 Hercules.
Today is our day off, but we have a couple of C-130s coming in for gas, should be a fairly easy day, plus 4 hours of OT is most welcome.