On This Day . . .
Our next port of call was Pago Pago in American Samoa. Shortly after our arrival a group of local greeters and dancers, dressed in traditional outfits, entertained us on the pier to the sound of the Pate (wooden drum). This was another stop that we hit in 2013, so we decide to take in the National Park of American Samoa, which is part of the National Parks of the US. Before we started on our tour, we roamed the local craft market which was on the pier. On our tour, we passed by trees that had sleeping Fruit Bats or flying foxes hanging in them. We then climbed up to view Pago Pago harbor and then continued over the mountain to the north side where the park is located. The views of the park were awesome with the jagged cliffs rising out of the sea. We then proceeded down the mountains to the town of Vatia. The locals showed us how they get the most out of the coconut palm and also showed us their long boat which is used in festivals. These boats are 120 foot long and has a crew of 50 rowers and a captain.