next day we met an interesting group of palagis at the tidal pool beyond
Sliding Rock. The group included Will, the biology teacher at Leone, his
wife Sherri and kids. Will was a wealth of knowledge about marine biology.
One of the bits of info dealt with the very poisonous stonefish that can
paralyze a human limb for life. (And I was bouncing nudging it with my
flipper?!) Will also told of the very plentiful coneshells that sting their
victim -a deadly sting. He gave specific examples of deaths and coma victims.
I think I'll be a little more deliberate about what I pick up.
The girls and I drove over the
mountain to the north side to Saleli. Beautiful reefs. Picked up my first
brittle star, a type of starfish. Its movements remind me of an octopus,
quite different from the slow moving starfish. Anyway, the poor fellas
leg broke off (I believe it's part of the defense mechanism), but the leg
continued to wriggle in my hand.
We finally got out to, "Tisa's
Barefoot Bar and Beach." Jason, our host, told us the best places to snorkel
out past the reef. Tisa's features a traditional looking fale, and a white
sand beach. We're anxious to return to try their highly recommended dinners.
Saturday, the 9th, there was
an earthquake centered in Tonga, about 270 miles southwest of Samoa. It
registered around 7. On the Richter Scale. The earthquake was located in
a remote area and was at a depth of about 115 miles below the surface of
the Earth no damage or casualties were reported. Went up on the mountain
at night to enjoy the cool sea breeze and watch for shooting stars.
Jonathan took us to Mt. Alava.
Walking along the ridge you could look down on Pago Harbor to the south
and rock formations in the ocean like Cock's Comb to the north. A Samoan
gentleman was kind enough to share his knowledge of the local archaeological
finds, as well as the birds and trees we could see on top of the moutain.
It was very chilly (probably
mid 70's) the day the kids left. Nancy fixed some delicious chili to warm
It was wonderful to have my daughters
meet many of the people we have spoken so much about. People of our church
families, Bible studies, the school I believe Eileen George was quoting
someone when she pointed out that there was still a form of cannibalism
on island; the island devours a part of the heart of anyone who experiences
the kindness and the graciousness that is Samoa. My daughters, Terry and
I are so lucky to have experienced that.
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