So I realize I'm a bit late on this, but work has been very busy. We had a great Mother's Day weekend and celebrated both Saturday night and Sunday. Saturday night we headed to a Filipino restaurant having a Mother's Day dinner event. They had a little band in which a friend of ours was drumming and Noah loved dancing with Mommy. We ate and enjoyed the night, which was the latest any of has been out in almost 3 years!
The next day we headed out west with our neighbors and a few other families for a Mother's Day at the beach. We went to a little beach near the Village of Paloa, just on the northern side of the western tip of the island and about an hours drive from our house. The sand here was finer than most of our regular beaches and was a very nice change.
Although we had obtained permission some village members, others got a little upset that we came to the beach on a Sunday but eventually things were smoothed over and we were allowed to stay. We had a ton of BBQ chicken, breadfruit, taro, coco Samoa (coco and rice) and salad. The weather and waves were perfect!
Dad took a quick little snorkel out around the area, it was very shallow due to the tide and not much coral. The corals I did see had quiet a bit of bleaching, this is the whitening you can see in the picture below and is a result of rising ocean temperatures which essentially kill the coral species. Visibility here was limited due to a huge amount of fresh water which flowed out from the beach in little cold streams.
We had a beautiful sunset to cap off the day and headed home.
The Jaskowiak Family
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