Many of the beaches on our side of the island consist mainly of coral, they're pretty but no fun to walk on. On Sunday we headed toward Pago Pago harbour to one of the sandier beaches. We spent the majority of the day lounging and Dad took a brief (very brief) snorkeling trip. The water wasn't the clearest at this beach and knowing that the harbour is a breeding area for Hammerhead sharks is a bit intimidating. The Pacific itself is extremely intimidating out here. The waves and currents are nothing to be taken lightly, especially during the trade-wind season, which is now. I did manage to see some live corals and a few fish which were different from those I'm used to seeing in the Caribbean.
Noah was a bit intimidated by the water and waves at first, but he came around and enjoyed himself after a bit.
Eventually it all caught up to him and he found some shade under a coconut tree.
And for some random updates, we now have a banana hanger and seem to have acquired a dog as well. The term "banana hanger" may conjure up the image of those little stands on someones kitchen counter with a few bananas dangling from it. Not so much is A.S... Saturday afternoon our landlord was on a ladder next to our house and we came out to this....
So not only did we get a place to hang bananas, it came fully stocked from a tree behind the house.
As for the dog..... well, dogs are everywhere in A.S. and can be problematic (jogging is not always a good idea). In the past year the veterinarian's have improved the situation drastically, but pretty much every house still has a resident dog. Ours is young dog named Rider and he is extremely happy to have someone feeding him dinner scraps now. It's surprising how much his general health has improved since we came along. Samoans don't have much (any) empathy for dogs and usually just throw there resident dog a piece of bread once and a while. Any other dogs get large rocks thrown at them... or much worse (I'll spare you the details and just say it's BAD). Here is Rider...
Here is a typical look at our car as we cruise A.S....
NOAH NEWS: Noah LOVES coconut water. He has also learned to flip his lips with his finger resulting in an adorable bub-bub-bub sound.
TIPS FOR FUTURE A.S. RESIDENTS: Caucasians are referred to as "pah-long-ees". Apparently it's not derogatory, so don't take offense.
If enjoy good beers, you are out of luck. There are six beers on the island; Coors Light, Budweiser, Bud Light, Steinlager, Heineken and Vailima. That's it. I have looked. Abandon all hopes of hoppy-ness.
The Jaskowiak Family
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