Thursday, March 4, 2010


When we were planning this trip we talked about various worries of traveling with little ones. Some understandable and realistic, some just far-fetched and crazy. Some friends were worried about air travel, some were worried about illness or accidents - as a mom, my fears tend to lean toward the far-fetched and crazy... So for me it was fear of a tsunami! Remember the story of the woman on the beach with her kids when a tsunami hit? I do. Anyway, I asked around once we got here and learned that this island is safe from tsunamis. Each layer of coral reef breaks a large wave off from the bottom so that by the time it reaches shore it's pretty small. That's what they said...and then one morning we found a slip of paper under our door with a tsunami warning! Huh? However it all ended up being pretty anti climatic. The Emergency Management Office had issued a watch the night before and then upgraded it to a warning for a tsunami to hit the island by 1p.m. and then canceled the whole thing by 10:30 in the morning. So, what do you do?  We went to the beach to check it out. I guess it's kind of like going outside to watch the tornado in Iowa.

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