I'mmmmmmBaaaaack! Ha - and I bet you were hoping that you were rid of me! Not to be, I'm afraid. I decided that so many people might not be interested in these pics and stories that I would give them their own little thread. So, I hope you don't mind if I share some of this beautiful garden island with you.
This was the view from the "long house" the communal dining room, restaurant, meeting room - relaxing place, of our hotel which was on a rise about 400 ft. above sea level. Pohnpei has a fringe reef, which basically means that the area immediately surrounding the island is lagoon, then beyond the reef is ocean. The large rock formation in the background is Sochez Rock - the major landmark of this island.
JB and I are trying out a little metaphotography here. I should have gotten the pic he was taking of the gingers right outside our unit, but instead I just got him. Hmmmm, must have been holding my mouth in the wrong position or something. We were in these individual "huts" that you see here (well, almost see), thatched roofs, one main room with netting on the windows - no glass - a bathroom and a shower. Mosquito netting over the beds, but didn't really need it - bugs weren't much of a problem except down by the mangrove swamps.
This is one path down from the long house to our unit...we were actually further down than the two you can see in this photo. I have a close up of that fern wall on the right, and also many more of the orange beauty on the left.
These wild orchids are growing all over the island - everywhere - just jeering at me and saying "nanny nanny poo poo"...I plead and coax and bribe my orchids to get one stem of blooms...and here these guys are all over the place. did I mention that they are everywhere?
This is not a great picture, but I found it interesting that right in the middle of all this automotive mess, was this tall beautiful orchid. Have I mentioned that they have an omnipresent quality to them?
This Poinciana just left us breathless - its a bush, not a tree - but the flowers are pink! pink with a touch of yellow/orange! It was beautiful - and I must admit, I couldn't resist gathering a few of the seed pods.
Great stuff there Shari!!! It seems that you didn't have to venture very far from the hut to capture so many varieties and colors...did you make a trek around to see what's on the other side??? Just curious...looks like you had a great time and got some lovely plant shots for the collection...Did you guys get in the water????
Welcome home, glad you're back with us...we missed you!
You are all so nice to enjoy my little pictures. Yes, there will be some underwater pics in a bit. The water was pretty murky - strong currents and pretty much mud flats all the way out to diving depth. But I'll put some out there. We visited lots of areas around the island, only about half of these are from the immediate area of our hotel. The Poncianas and orchids were taken during a walk about (looking for how to procure a driver's licence and some licence plates tee hee). Here is one of the places we stopped at during that trek:
I wasn't going to post the building pics - this is a GARDEN site after all - but maybe a few won't hurt. here is another one; on the mission mentioned above we also went to the police station, the treasure building, the government supply office and finally the Governor's Office! Quite the "official" tour, and boy did we hear about it when we got back!!!!
Tropicanna - nope. We thought about it, but we had been walking all morning and were sweaty and grimey (sp?). We have sort of done that in many places around the world - just not officially! Check out these double hibs Cowboy had to reach UP to get close to! He's a Texan, and tells me that even Texas hibs aren't that big! (Just joshin ya Cowboy)!
Oh - I forgot to mention that the above mission was also about getting a Pohnpeian flag. DH collects flags from all the places we visit, and we finally got one from the Governor! Mr. Johnny P. David graciously found a small flag to give to my husband. Nice guy!
This is another of the plants that was all over the island. Couln't make a positive ID, but I THINK it is a member of the strelifzia family. Maybe somebody seeing these pics will know for sure. Very pretty - not as raggedy when bloom fade as Bird of Paradise. You will see them in many of the pics.
This hib was so amazing - the pic just doesn't do it justice, we came around a bend and it was about 50 yards away in the shadow of a huge mangoe tree. It just glowed! You could see it ahead, just radiating pink sunshine - gorgeous!
This will give you an idea of the area we were walking through...the paths are gravel - some stone steps - and, this was the unusual part - up by the waterfall areas (later pics) a science professor who was there said that he was looking at things that only grow in rain forests. So I wasn't kidding above when I said jungle/rainforest all around. It really was!
This was one of my favorite trees (and favorite DH as well!). It was one of two huge Monkey Pod trees just outside the long house. A whole ecosystem in a tree! I counted at least 6 different kinds of ferns, birds, orchids, geckoes, it was amazing!
Beautiful-I realize Kwaj is not as pretty as Pohnpei, but stil close enough to get there. The islands are incredible. I was most amazed by pics of Kosrae (don't want to publicize it much, sounds pretty the way it is) when my parents visited there-I actually applied to the Peace Corps and asked to go there-I never heard from anyone-lol
Dad worked with a lot of Texans and a lot of New Zealanders there, too. Interesting cultural collage.
I can only try Tropicanna .
There are over 300,000
of them over here on the Dole. ( government assistance )
We on the other hand can't get the dole over there .
Something about a treaty ( Government Grant to a poor Nation )
That's like you feeding YOUR neighbour for free for ever .
These things are tricky-we do have some similar problems here, but I'm not sure how you get a poor nation to take care of their own. Our system is nowhere near funded properly. I guess we just have to be grateful we are in economically strong nations by comparison.
I strongly agree, just wish it happened that way, or there was a charity requirement beyond a certain income.
It seems in many of these remote places in the world people kinda have to take care of each other the best they can-no other options. Wish we could all live somewhere that coconuts and breadfruits, etc. were plentiful :)
It should go to the first song on the playlist, but if not, click on "Livin in a new world"-this is an outfit that does their own music-they are incredible musicians live (some of the best I've ever seen!). Unfortunately, the site doesn't have some of their older stuff which is my favorite. BUT, what you need to know about hip-hop (my dad never gets this part)-you have to actually listen to the lyrics, and fast!lol
So which one in the chat room is YOU .
This one I am guessing ?
30 May 2007 4:23 A
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I'd like to try and clear this up-lol. I doubt that Kell, or myself was trying to offend anyone, he just copied something he saw on a myspace page I sent him. I think Kell and I have ADHD and can jump subjects pretty quickly--so I can see how others might be confused.
We'll try to behave. :) If anyone would like to tell John sorry for me, I thank you.
Boy! I go away for a few hours of sleep, and look what happens!!! Do I need to chaperone you guys allatime?!? MySpace is devilspawn...sending the evil eye...spitting between fingers...splt, splt, splt. Tis a blackhole down which people fall, never to return...its almost as bad as DG!
All the Kiwis I have met were friendly, warm folks with perfectly normal tongues...Kell, I think you hang around with the wrong sort of crowd. Tropicanna, don't you go letting this boy corrupt you, or I'll have to call your dad.
Now behave, both of you. Don't MAKE me stop this bus!
I do sometimes feel like I need supervision, though! And I do think I opened a door to a vortex which Kell will never come out of... haven't heard from him since I sent that link-lol----And it was a band site, even--but it's so easy to end up in another place...
Do you think we need to send out a posse? I'd hate to lose him to "one of THOSE" sites . (Picture: face screwed up as if smelling something truly foul, nose in the air, and radiating snobbery). Oh, Kell, come back...send us a sign if you need help!
Maybe if we showed him this one: Pretty Pohnpeian girls by the side of the only road that goes around the whole island. Finally finished paving all the way around sometime last year I believe. It was Sunday, and they were probably on their way home from church. Typical clothing style for the island "dress up" occasions.
Oh yes! When I first got back on island - last September, we were having some work done on the house - fixing leaks and such like. One of the guys doing the work brought me some things from his wife. It was like a "welcome home". Very sweet, and great work. A purse, a marmar and a picture frame.
Here's a more typical everyday type dress - t-shirt and long skirt:
Yes, Pohnpeians are a beautiful people. This is a pic of one of my carvers...its amazing how a man wearing a sarong can look dignified, but he did. Most of the guys in the carving hut weren't wearing shirts at all, so maybe that was a symbol of rank or something:
Cowboy, I see she is an artist with the camera as well! Beautiful. Just please do me a favor, and stick to the flora and fauna, and don't post pics of us human types...I like to stick as much as possible to topic...ha ha.
Of course you can post as many as you want...anyone can! Geesh!!! I only said one for me, because I have to get other things done! Oh my, big misunderstanding there. Please post away!!!! John that is a gorgeous picture. Did you actually see the flash. We don't get many out here because of clouds right on the horizon nearly everyday. I think Cowboy said he had seen 5 in 9 years! I've only seen 2 in my whole life!
Man you sure seem to be livin the life. I'm so jealous. Have you a room for rent? Seriously through I love the islands and plan on visitng Bora Bora this Jan. Maybe next year Kawajalein will be on my destination list. Thanks for the pictures
Where's Captain Morgan? I don't get my date with him until after 5pm-lol
John, beautiful sunset pic, and everyone else keep 'em coming. There's not much spectacular to take pics of here---roadside litter, wads of chewing tobacco on the ground, kudzu...anyone up for a visit? lol
Lance, I think you have to get security clearance to go to Kwajalein if I'm not correct, but surely there's somewhere in Micronesia you could land (is there an airport in Palau?)
I tried to get Carol to join us in Pohnpei, and it was super expensive even from Hawaii. Lance - if you are going to Bora Bora - you've just GOT to visit Moorea. It is my absolute favorite of the Tahitian islands. Truly heaven on earth! It is so easy to see why the Bounty crew mutinied there! I would have too, without a doubt. The people there are the warmest, friendliest people I have ever met, and they treat visitors just like family. Never tip...it is considered rude - you wouldn't tip your sister or mother so you shouldn't tip them. That probably holds true on BB as well - unless there are more French there now.
If you wanted to visit Kwajalein you would have to get a sponsor and have your itinerary cleared by the Army, and carry your travel orders with you at all times. You can't even get on the airplane to come out here without showing your travel orders. When a plane stops here on the way to anywhere else - you have to have those orders to get off. Its a military base after all...kind of a hassel - but worth it to us.
Back on Pohnpei now ...This was the view right off of our balcony...gingers, heliconia, breadfruit, hibiscus and palm trees, but notice that you can't see the unit just below us. Sound traveled well, but if it was quiet it was easy to believe we were the only people there.
Happy to! That's it for a while I think... If anyone wants to see something in particular, or has any questions, just let me know. Looking forward to other's tropical adventures as well, so get postin!