ABOVE - There are a few roads that go over the island, South to North, as you can imagine the view from the top is very nice when you can get it. There are commonly houses and trees obscuring the vistas, but atop one hill is the foundation of a house which was damaged in a hurricane and its a great spot to overlook Tafuna. We have made a couple trips there since it's one of the over-island roads our car can traverse without smelling like it's on fire! Further down this same road and looking North you can see Western Samoa on a clear day, unfortunately I never have a camera on those days. These pics are little older as some of you may note by the size of Noah.
BELOW - I managed to take a little snorkeling trip in a new spot last week. It's a little bay, Fagaal'u, with beautiful little pockets of sand between lots of coral. A river empties into this area and apparently the river mouth is a popular place for sharks to hang out and eat the garbage flowing out (littering is rampant here). Only reef sharks are common in this area and are relatively small, but unfortunately I have not seen one yet. It was a little windy the day I went so the water wasn't crystal clear, but I got some decent pics.
In the lower middle picture you can see a small cone shell sitting on the coral. This is a cone snail which, believe it or not, can kill a human (not all species are deadly, but 3 of them in A.S. are). The shell at the bottom still had the "clam" in it and the Samoan dude I was with said it was too small to eat so that was disappointing. Oh, and those are little sea horse like critters on the bottom right.
WINNING - A couple of weekends ago we went to the local music/book/coffee/internet cafe/golf store/electronic shop for their five year anniversary. Yep, it's all in one building (four separate stores). It's all run by some nice folks from Oregon, the party had free food and raffles. I won a guitar! And since my current guitar is better than the prize they were nice enough to let me trade it for an Ukulele. Now I can jam island style and it has a cool turtle engraving.
NOAH NEWS: Noah loved his party and the post will be up in a day or two.
TIPS FOR FUTURE A.S. RESIDENTS: I have mentioned the high utility bills ($300/month) but forgot to mention the additional one.... propane. If you have a stove or hot water you will need it, we have a tank for the kitchen and a big one for hot water and our costs have averaged $40/two months for the stove and $190/six months for the hot water. I still want to reiterate that the lack of sales tax and State taxes help make up for these costs.
The Jaskowiak Family
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