First, dinner out last night was great. We were right on the waterfront with an exquisite view of the Pacific right out to the horizon! Food was excellent and so was the service. I’ll try to get a photo of the restaurant before we leave.
Lucy & I had an interesting day. Sonia brought us seeds that the three of us had to clean out of their casings, peel out of pods, and break out of almost chestnut-type coverings although not as hard and not shiny at all. Once we got all the tree seeds soaking in water, we had lunch, then headed out to the coast near Ahu Tongariki. There used to be a plant growing on the coast of Rapa Nui that was very tolerant of salt water. In 1960, there was a tsunami that crashed the shore here and, as well as tossing damaged moai into the ocean, took away all of this particular plant. While it is on many Pacific islands, it became extinct here. Then, the recent tsunami that hit Japan brought the plant back. It is vine-like with very pretty flowers and spreads quickly, rooting along the way. We harvested quite a lot of pieces for propagating by cutting lengths away and leaving the main plants. Then, we stopped by Sonia’s son’s farm and picked up banana tree, sugar cane, sweet potatoes, . . . something else. Tomorrow we plant out at the site! Can’t wait!