Photo Gallery - December 2004
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Now that is one cool looking robot. Unfortunately, every two minutes half the pieces were falling off and within 30 minutes Jonah was in tears saying it was the worst present he ever got and why can't they make toys that stay together!
One day we went ashore to hike to a local waterfall. It was not raining, but completely overcast having just stopped raining an hour earlier. We stopped for a rest beneath this shelter when a small shower popped up. Then it was off to the waterfall.
Kate, being a bit more attuned to the temperature of the air and water was less quick to jump in, but jump she did! The captain, on the other hand, waited as long as possible and then slowly entered the water careful not to get his armpits wet and cold, but alas we have no photo of that event.
The first in a series of photos we took of the ruins at Nan Madol. These ruins were supposedly built between the years 500-1500AD. The construction took generations and covers an area of many acres and is comprised of blocks of structures with waterways between them like streets (ala Venice).
At the entrance to the ruins, this boy in a kayak collects money from visitors on behalf of the family which now owns the island (who reportedly have inherited it from a line unbroken since the ruins were an active city).
This structure, the most accessible and best maintained. Most of the structures are completely inundated with jungle vegetation and are hidden from view. Several have been cleared and only these can really be seen.
The construction of the structures can be seen here as very similar to a log cabin type building but using basalt logs instead of wood. The rock was laid down by volcanic activity eons ago and the ancient peoples of Pohnpei mined it and transported it to this site (apparently from several locations around the island where quarries have been found).
This area, which seems to be a kind of entryway or front porch is part of the same structure shown above and is called Nan Dawas. The Pohnpei tourist office has an excellent brochure with maps and diagrams naming many of the structures (some of which are partly accessible and cleared) and describing their purpose.
Jonah really found the whole thing fascinating and we are very happy that he was interested and engaged. Few kids get to see real ruins like this close up and we really wanted him to appreciate the history and art behind this ancient city.