After climbing ladder after ladder, some going up, some going down, we made it to the top. And what a relief that summit was. There was an open fale to rest in and rest we did. I was so tired, yet so exhilarated at the same time. My clothes were drenched, my legs were muddy, and my heart was happy from all the cardio!
The flowers here are so beautiful!
There are hibiscus of every color!
Hiking down was a breeze, but we still had a long way to go to get back to Nu'uuli. When we finally got on a bus, we all took a huge sigh of relief and a big gulp of water. It felt good to sit and feel the cool breeze against our sweaty faces.
On our hike down, we turned around and our jaws dropped...we were all the way up there?!
We had a great day together and as we were 3 minutes from the school, my day wouldn't have been complete without my first "I almost got eaten by a dog" experience. I was leading the group and as I walked by a group of trucks, two dogs came around the corner about two feet from my achy shins. Not only did they bark, but they snarled, and bared their teeth, and basically scared the living daylights out of me. Thanks to the quick reaction of my friends, they Halu'd the heck out of those dogs. Who knows what would have happened if I would have been alone. Thanks, friends! 2 minutes later, as I was trying to get my heart pumping again, we laughed. Only in American Samoa.
After a cold, wonderful shower, I went to dinner with a few WT'ers and Khoa. We all devoured our food because hiking really makes you hungry! I had a delicious fish fajita salad and it hit the spot. I've been warned against eating chicken here - especially from restaurants. Word on the street is that it is mystery meat/aka it could be dog or something else. Ew. But back to the salad! It was incredible, and I can't wait to eat it again. The last thing to make the day even more incredible? Walking back to Nu'uuli under the bright, amazing sky of stars, and then having a McFlurry from McDonald's (haha).
Hitching to the Deluxe Cafe w/ Lauren next to me. Riding in the back of a truck at night is priceless!