The technology aspects here are somewhat challenging but to be expected on the most remote island in the world. We are able to eventually overcome most difficulties but you can see I’m not blogging every evening as I did on my Colorado trip.
I forgot to mention in my last report that we went to see the Kevin Costner production “Rapa Nui”. The hotel next door shows it Mon. & Tue. in English with Spanish subtitles and on Thu. in French. It was the regular Hollywood fare with some authentic history and scenery with a lot of spiced up stuff added into the plot. I’m glad we got to see it.
Yesterday and today we got more planting done at the site and today at lunch “the boys” gave a great feast as it was our last day at the site with them. It was an amazing meal with bar-b-q chicken, fish, & spare ribs, sweet potatoes & rice, and huge salad. There were many speeches and much clapping. We will never forget these two amazing weeks with Sonia, Francisco, the Park crew, and the crew at the site. Tomorrow morning we will go to another part of the park with some of the park crew and do some more planting and then have a final opportunity to visit a few spots we haven’t yet seen.
Today Robert & I took photos of every angle of the big ahu that Paunchy has been drawing and measuring. I take the panorama shots with my iPhone and some landscapes that I’m able to crop and enlarge right away to have them in the right format for the report. Robert calls this “the big ahu” and it certainly is. It also has a number of fallen moai including a topknot. (Pictures will come later.)
Robert has been doing amazing work creating maps with different layers showing everything important at the site and he and Paunchy have also used some arial photos and drawings with labels and names in Spanish. Robert has an extra day here on the island so it looks like he may need it to finish up his work on that.
Scott has been able to use his Spanish to interpret when needed and has been working on Sonia’s GIS dictionary to translate it into English so another team another time will be able to share the work load.
Our meals here have been fantastic. Sonia and Francisco have a wonderful cook named Lily. Our dinners especially have been healthy, hearty, and beautifully presented. Robert has taken photos every night so at some point I’ll be able to share those with you.
Lucy & I have been riding point on the reforestation and got a lot of Taro plants, palms, and banana trees planted in addition to the seeds we worked with the other morning. Two members of Singa’s group helped dig holes and get things set.
Sonia & Francisco have been extremely gracious hosts and we have not only enjoyed their company but have learned so much from them. They have opened their home to us and given of their personal time, showing us around the island, taking us to exchange money, and explaining the island ways. We all have felt very much at home and can’t possibly thank them adequately!
Can’t believe how fast the time has gone. Day after tomorrow, I’m on a plane headed for Montreal and back to the winter coat and boots. Sonia is trying to convince me to come to Tenarife in the Canary Islands. We’ll have to see about that!!
- Moai above and below (backpackdivers.com)
- And the Emmy Might Go To … Nat Geo’s Easter Island Video “Walking with Giants” (newswatch.nationalgeographic.com)
- 7 of the Most Mysteriously Beautiful Places in the World to Visit with your Family! (prettyopinionated.com)