OBSERVATION: This was Betio, an islet which at that time was cut off from the rest of Tarawa atoll. It is now connected by a causeway, and is the most densely populated islet in the Republic. In those days, at low tide, one could drive across the reef to reach Betio, and vice versa. One Land Rover tried it too late, and sank under the waves. We thought it was very funny. My father, ever formal, wears a suit here. The temperature was 100°F in the shade (38°C).