As we got close, we paid 3 separate entrance fees (first to the land owners of the road to GET there, second to the land owners of the compound you have to walk through, and finally to the land owners of the actual ruins.. or at least that’s how I interpreted the exchanges) and made our way to the “trailhead”. We crossed a couple of sketchy bridges, stopped multiple times to take photos of all the beautiful flora, carefully dodged slippery rocks as we waded through water, and we finally got to the ruins.
Of course, it was beautiful and our anticipation had been warranted. As we swam around a while, taking pictures and enjoying the “cold” water, some locals joined us and started catching fish! Not with spears or technical equipment, but with Cheetos. They’d carefully place a Cheeto in the water close to their body, wait for the fish to come snatch it, and pull their shirt underneath and up, trapping it inside. Our staff chaperone skillfully skewered them all together and I’m sure ate well last night.
Also, just a head's up, I'm leaving for Kosrae soon so my mailing address has changed. Make sure you send anything to
Heather Bright, Peace Corps Trainee
Peace Corps Micronesia
PO Box 98
from here on out. No worries if you've sent something to Pohnpei recently, I should still get it in time.