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Rowing to Yap

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Michelle Nijhuis' essay in the April 30, 2012, issue, "The row to nowhere," was delightful. I lived on Yap, or more accurately, I spent several weeks there several times.

The island is beautiful and traditional. Most amazing is that part of the islanders' own "rowing history" involves rowing, or, rather, sailing, to the sort-of-nearby island of Palau in quest of the giant round stones used as money. Quite a workout! I don't recommend adding stone money to your lunch bag with cookies and juice. I do recommend visiting Yap someday, perhaps flying there rather than rowing. I think your daughter will enjoy it as well. Bring your own bagels.

Nancy Bo Flood, Chinle, Arizona

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