Pago Pago – One Year Later

by Jessi on October 14, 2014 · 8 comments

And Still Floating!Hi folks! It’s been a little over a week for me, and a little over a month for Dane here in American Samoa this year. Dane came back a little early to make sure Cadence was nice and clean for my arrival.  Luckily, though the boat had an infestation of spiders, and some mold, she was all intact and nothing majorly needed to be fixed.  He had to sleep on a sail for a night before laundry was done and everything was bleached to hell, but he seems fine now, except for those uncontrollable facial tics.

 

Container ShipsSince I’ve been here, Dane and I have mostly been feeling things out, getting a lay of the shopping land for when we start restocking the boat for our trip to New Zealand or other parts still to be determined. We’ve been enjoying the local McDonald’s, which has the most reliable wifi internet access, so we go about least once a day and try to limit our french fry intake to once every other day or so. The grocery stores here are small and numerous, each one having maybe one random thing that the one next door doesn’t. Say, one store will have canned chili, while the other will only have canned beans. It’s a whole different ball game. At least eggs are never a problem, as they were in French Polynesia, though lettuce and fresh veggies just might be outlawed here, until the container ships come in, of course. Then there’s yogurt and fresh plums and full-size Costco cakes. The home goods stores are often incorporated into the small grocery stores, but when they’re not, they’re similarly catch as catch can. I’m sure everything is coated in a fine layer of Chinese lead. I can’t speak to the selection at the more tool-y stores, but I’m guessing it’s much the same.

HousesWe’ve also taken some time to be tourists, visiting the National Park office here and meeting the super friendly ranger, Pua.  We also went on a hike on my first Saturday here to check out the WWII guns along the Blunt’s Point Trail.  Our weekly cruiser splurge is $1 Taco Night at Evelani’s, a local hotel, Mexican restaurant and self-proclaimed cabaret ruled over by Evelani herself, a 70’s era Vegas showgirl who came home. Those tacos are really great and the disco lights in the empty bar really adds to the ambiance.

Dane Tools with WenchesI’ve got so much more to say, but I’ll save it for a more dedicated post. Right now, I just want to make sure you folks know that we’re still alive (no Big Mac heart attacks yet, though that may have happened to a harbor resident a few days before I arrived; dead on his boat for 3 days before anyone found him) and we’re stoked about getting ready to go on to Vava’u in Tonga as soon as Cadence gets ready and hopefully we get our packages that I mailed a week before I left. Unfortunately, I mailed them cheaply, which means they might be on a boat, instead of a plane. A BOAT FROM NORTH AMERICA. It could take another month. We’ve also got a bunch to do on the boat, which includes Dane diving in the toxic Pago Pago harbor so that he can clean the living colonies off Cadence’s tushy. He’s also been working steadily on replacing the vintage winches with 20th century versions. Yeah, still not fully updated, but self-tailing, which is better than what they were.

Stray PupsI’ll leave you with a little non-denominational prayer request. Please, for the love of all that is good, give us some solid mailing juju, as we could really use those packages I so erroneously mailed. We would really, really appreciate any good vibes you could send our way. In return, here’s a picture of one of the cute, mangy dogs which are constantly begging for food when you’re sitting on a wall eating your mid-afternoon pork bun. Everyone loves dogs!

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8 Comments on "Pago Pago – One Year Later"


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Mom
2 years 11 months ago

Just now realized you were posting! An, islands…where simply grocery shopping takes up a good chunk of a day. Luckily, one usually has the time for it on an island, so it works out. Much positive mail juju from me. If I’m able to visit you guys in the next year, I’ll be sure to just pay the extra for overweight baggage and bring things you want rather than mail them, though you may have better shopping options in Tonga and/or NZ.

2 years 10 months ago

Extra, extra baggage! I miss my dried pears already :( And fresh veggies. Oh, fresh veggies. Terrible shopping options in Tonga, I’ve heard, and expensive shopping options in NZ. Oh well, we’ll learn to live off cans, flotsam AND jetsam.

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Ali
2 years 11 months ago

Excited to see that things are going well! Spiders are better than cockroaches…right?! Sending out good vibes and prayers your way! Love your new dog! ;) xxooooo to you and Dane- Ali & Jack

2 years 10 months ago

Thanks, Schmali! We named the dog Porkchop. Hopefully, we don’t eat him later :) Happy b-day to Jack!

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Aunt Charmaine
2 years 11 months ago

Finally some real intel on what you’ve been up to. Mailing juju? I’m on it!

2 years 10 months ago

Thanks for the positive thoughts! The mail boat is supposed to be here Wednesday!! Fingers crossed!

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Eliza Warmack
2 years 11 months ago

Non-denominational prayers sent! The dog is cute. You two are on such an adventure! Thank you for updating us folks that are stuck on land…boring land where you can buy canned goods all in one place. Have a lifetime of adventures and know us Warmacks are jealous and sending love!

2 years 10 months ago

Thanks, you’re on a crazy Alaska adventure, too! I’m trying to keep the updates coming, but we’re under the gun to get to Tonga now. thanks for the prayers, the mail is still unaccounted for **grimace**.

 

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