Friday, January 9, 2015

Saturday January 3, 2015 - Post Call and Nu'uuli Falls

Saturday morning (post-call), after about three hours of sleep, I met up with Matt, Tangra, and the kids for a hike out to Nu'uuli Falls.  We drove over to a shopping center and met with Dr. Shushunov, who wanted to come with us.

The falls sit about a half mile hike from a local homestead.  As mentioned before, there is no real estate on the island and all land is shared, so the falls are on private grounds.  We drove up a winding road, past a pig farm, to a small house.  A young boy and his grandmother were inside, and we asked permission to park on their property and hike out to the falls, which they granted.

We started out in the backyard of the family's home.  There was a small path worn through the jungle.


It was very hot - about 90 degrees in the shade (though I'm not complaining since it is below zero back home in Minnesota!).  The rainforest was thick and humid.  We ended up crossing a stream (twice) that zigzagged over the trail.


Regardless, it felt nice to be out in the jungle.  (despite the heat and sweat)


All along the path were colorful flowers.


As we approached the falls, you could hear the rumbling of the waters.  It was a small climb up a muddy hill and over some rocks, and then we arrived at Nu'uuli falls.  At the bottom of the falls was a deep swimming hole with cold water.  The mist from the falls acted like a natural air conditioner - with the air temperature a good 15 degrees colder than daily temp.



We spent about 45 minutes swimming around the falls, enjoying the refreshingly cool water.  The best part was swimming directly under the water...





 Eventually we were jointed by some teenage boys.  One guy let me take his photo.  They would climb up the wall and dive into the pool.


On the way back, I snapped a few more photos of the various plant life. It was incredible how thick the foliage was.





Here is a brief video of the falls:



After the hike, we went back to the Broge's house for dinner.  I ended up passing out for about three hours to recover from the call shift.

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