Sixteen senior missionaries on a tropical adventure and a good time that is had by all.
From our first trip around the island 16 months ago, we have had the desire to stay over night on Namau Island. This is a small private island on the far southeast corner of the Upolu. There is a pristine sandy beach, beach fales and beautiful island greenery. We put the word out to the senior missionaries that we were making the trip on Friday, August 25. We thought maybe one or two couples would attend, but low and behold we had all but three senior couples. Trips like this always require a happy, adventurous look before and then the okay it's time to go home look after. Here we are -- rip roaring ready to go.
I should also mention that senior missionaries (probably old people in general) over pack. Total trip time was to leave Apia at 8:30 a.m., drive about 2 hours to the boat dock, take a 20-30 minute boat ride to the island, get situated into our fales, eat lunch, play games, snorkel hike, eat dinner, have a bonfire, sing, talk, sleep, have breakfast, snorkel, pack up, have lunch, and leave. In other words, a simple overnight stay. You can see by the trunks that we had much more clothing and supplies than we really needed.
Because we had so much stuff and so many people, the boat had to make three trips. And, as you can see, it's not a very big boat. But lots of fun since we all got to see several large turtles swimming around on the ride over.
|Caught a Fruit Bat / Flying Fox out during the day.|
Isn't this idyllic? Just a relaxing time to walk on the beach, talk with friends and enjoy nature. We didn't even need the Captain or Gilligan to help us settle in. However, if we do this again, I will make sure that our fale is not under a coconut tree. The wind blew most of the night and the palm fronds drug back and forth across the fale roof all night long.
This one is now off the bucket list! The list is getting smaller as our time grows shorter.