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Yvon Chouinard tags a Moi at the Oceanic Institute as practice for tagging Bonefish in Palmyra.

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Live Expedition - Daily Journal
May 15th, 2001


by Brooke Williams

For as long as I can remember, I've been obsessed with wild places. Palmyra, this small island in the middle of nowhere, just may have more wildness than I could ever imagine.

Our expedition team has been gathering all week. Although we've come from different places, both literally and figuratively, we share the anticipation for this wild and mysterious place, one of the most complete natural ecosystems left on Earth.

We also share questions. How do we use our talents to convey a place without contributing to its destruction? How can we begin to see technology less as a controlling intrusion and more as a creative tool? What can we do to save the wild left in the world and to make a living?

We have high expectations, big intentions, and difficult questions. None of us has a clue as to what the result of this trip will be.

These ninety-six hours in Hawaii sharpened anticipation. I arrived to a message to meet Michael Zilber and Russell Sparkman in their room. A Do Not Disturb sign hung on their door, but not because people were trying to sleep.

Inside, plastic cases full of computers, satellite phones, cameras, cords, and adapters were stacked nearly to the ceiling. Wires -- connecting battery chargers to wall sockets and modems to telephones -- resembled spider webs.

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