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Feb. 5 - PAGO PAGO, AMERICAN SAMOA

sunny 89 °F

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"Talofa" (Hello) from American Samoa! Colorful buses circle this small island for the price of $1.00.

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We are spending a day in the only inhabited US territory south of the Equator.

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The climate is tropical rainforest and the beautiful natural harbor at Pago Pago is the best protected deep-water harbor in the Pacific.

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The shear cliffs of this volcanic island are clothed in green. I don't know if laundry ever dries!

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Gongs like this are used by the various tribal leaders to signal times during the day like curfew.

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I assume there is something louder than a gong for a Tsunami warning!

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Samoans are Christian and very observant.

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Mostly, the rains held off and we had hours of hot and humid but beautiful walking along the harbor.

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We took a local bus in the opposite direction so we could climb a cliff on the World War 2 heritage trail

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The trail led up, up, up to the top of one side of the harbor entrance.

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A fallen blossom from the Barringtonia asiatica (fish or sea poison) tree

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Excellent placement to protect the harbor.

Posted by Swenigale 18:45 Archived in Samoa - American

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