Just to refresh your memory, American Samoa consists of five islands and two atolls. Dad has visited all five islands, and previously discussed Tau, Ofu and Olosega which are about a half an hour flight south-east. Aunu'u is a little island just off the cost of Tutuila and can be seen in the distance in many of our photos.
Dad recently took his second trip to the little island for work. The trip starts with an hour drive east to the small harbor, here you can hop on an aluminum catamaran for a fifteen minute boat ride to the island, $2 each way. The ride is short, but can get rough for those who get motion sickness due to the wave action created by strong currents passing through the narrow straight between the two islands. Recently a small ship got marooned on the reef...
Aunu'u has about 80 families living there although there used to be more and this is evident by the frequency of abandoned houses.
A unique part of Aunu'u is the geology, it is relatively young geologically speaking and has some pretty cool looking features. The eastern portion of Aunu'u is essentially one big volcanic crater with a wetland and lake in the middle, and western portion is flat, near sea level and the location of the islands only Village.
Inside the main crater is a lake that I was attempting to evaluate, but will have to revisit with some bigger boots to get there. According to the locals, nobody has ever been able to determine the depth of the lake. This is actually not uncommon for such a feature in the middle of an old volcanic crater, but I won't be going for a swim in a bottomless lake!
The Jaskowiak Family
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