Photographer's Note

Averaging three flights a day, Pohnpei Airport (PNI) is not quite as busy as LAX or LHR, but as it serves the capital of Micronesia, it is nevertheless an important transportation hub in this part of the world. This is a view from the ridge behind Sokehs Rock (which you can see in the last two photographs that I posted from Micronesia) looking north-east towards the airport. PNI has a 6,000 ft runway, which runs the full length of Takatik Island. Pohnpei’s shipping port is also located on Takatik which is connected to the main island by a causeway. In the photograph you can also see part of the reef that surrounds Pohnpei Island.

It is quite a stiff hike up to the top of the ridge from where I took this photograph, but not too difficult (you can drive about halfway up before the track gets too rough and narrow). On top of the ridge there are many pillboxes and old Japanese anti-aircraft and naval guns from World War II. I have posted one of them in the workshop.

As I mentioned in one of my earlier notes about Pohnpei, this is one of the wettest places in the world, so the vegetation is lush and green all the year round.

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Additional Photos by David Astley (banyanman) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1231 W: 108 N: 2568] (7797)
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