American Samoa or the Discovery of the Pterodactyl

Today we made port in Pago Pago, American Samoa. The is the only US territory in the Southern Hemisphere, and one of the two Pacific US territories we will visit on our honeymoon. The weather today was cloudy with passing showers. Harry, I hope this means that the 13th/14th is going to be perfectly clear! And let me tell you, when it rains on this island, it rains hard… and sideways.

A panoramic view of Samoa.

We spent the morning shopping in the port area and Pago Pago. Ryan picked up some Samoan shirts, wood carvings and magnets. We even stopped by the American Samoa National Park to pick up a stamp for Ryan’s mother’s national park passport book.

But perhaps the most exciting part of the morning was spotting a live pterodactyl! We even managed to get a somewhat blurry picture of the ancient beast. Some people may claim that it’s just a large black tern of some kind. You be the judge.

Bird or Pterodactyl?

The afternoon was spent on the East Side Island Drive excursion.  This was a simple excursion taking us around the east side of the island seeing sites such as the camel rock, some small beaches and a bunch of sea stacks. Toward the end of the trip, we stopped at “Two Dollar Beach” for a demonstration of traditional Samoan dances and the option to buy drinks.

Camel Rock
Two Dollar Beach

By 15:30 we boarded the Millennium again and made sail towards Fiji. The harbor of Pago Pago is world renown for being one the most beautiful in the Pacific. The weather broke just enough to get some nice views on the way out. The seas have also ceased to be calm and gentle. The ship is rockin’ tonight (and not in the good way)!

A panoramic view of Samoa.

Tonight we saw a variety show including a pianist (who’s show we skipped last night), and the hilarious Troy Thirdgill. We forgot to mention him by name in a previous blog. He is a “clean” comedian and has been featured on Comedy Central. Great times.

Tomorrow we “officially” cross the international dateline and “lose” a day. Other than that, it’s just another day at sea.

Word drops: 2

Pictures taken so far: 2533

Ugly Americans encountered today: 5

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