Well ok, they had burgers, I had local fare, but we’ll get to that later.

We started the day with an awesome cool mountain stream shower at the dinghy dock, then washed some clothes at the spigot in a bucket. Then, once the necessities were complete, we went for a walk just down the road to a site with some ancient petroglyphs. We brought our swimsuits along too since we were informed there’s a swimming hole at the stream just by the site of the rock drawings.

Shrimp on Lara's ankle

Shrimp on Lara's ankle

The hike goes up a dirt track on a mountainside for several kilometers, and as we walked we passed all kinds of fruit trees ripe for the picking. we forded the stream once before reaching the swimming hole, and once we reached it, we found dozens of freshwater cleaner shrimp ready to exfoliate our feet once we jumped in the water.

Jason with petroglyphs below

Jason with petroglyphs below

We hung out there for a bit, then made our way in the opposite direction on the fork in the path and found a giant boulder scrawled with images of men and other symbols we couldn’t quite make out. I hope to see tikis that beat this out along the way but overall it was an ok first look. On the way down we snacked on a papaya Frank knocked out of a tree and then made our way to town (hitchhiking) to the Snack Make Make for lunch.

Wild papaya snack

Wild papaya snack

Get this: Jason’s cheeseburger and fries plus my poisson cru (local dish of raw fish marinated in coconut milk) and two local beers cost almost $40 U.S.! Lesson learned: French Polynesia is WAY expensive! But the burger was fresh and beefy tasting and the fish was exquisite, so maybe we just call that our one meal out and we’re ok.

"Local" beer

"Local" beer

In the morning we leave for Ua Pou, so I’ll try to get new pics up tonight.

Plumeria in her hair...like the locals do

Plumeria in her hair...like the locals do

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