02.05.2018 - 02.05.2018 89 °F
"Talofa" (Hello) from American Samoa! Colorful buses circle this small island for the price of $1.00.
We are spending a day in the only inhabited US territory south of the Equator.
The climate is tropical rainforest and the beautiful natural harbor at Pago Pago is the best protected deep-water harbor in the Pacific.
The shear cliffs of this volcanic island are clothed in green. I don't know if laundry ever dries!
Gongs like this are used by the various tribal leaders to signal times during the day like curfew.
I assume there is something louder than a gong for a Tsunami warning!
Samoans are Christian and very observant.
Mostly, the rains held off and we had hours of hot and humid but beautiful walking along the harbor.
We took a local bus in the opposite direction so we could climb a cliff on the World War 2 heritage trail
The trail led up, up, up to the top of one side of the harbor entrance.
A fallen blossom from the Barringtonia asiatica (fish or sea poison) tree
Excellent placement to protect the harbor.