Sunday, February 22, 2015

Nan Madol Ruins

We have declared Saturdays to be our P-Day, but they are far and few between, This Saturday, we explored a famous ruins called Nan Madol, which is actually a U.S. National Historic Landmark. It is difficult to look at these stones and get a correct idea of the size of them, but some are 30 tons each or more. There are many theories or legends as to how they were brought to the island, but some of the explanations include Black Magic, flying dragons or twin sorcerers who were seeking a place to build an altar. All this occurred during the 12th or 13th century.
The funny thing is all the locals expect to be paid. One woman just happens to live at the corner when you drive by to go to this ruin. She has her hand out stretched and is yelling, "One dolla" each, After paying her, we drive further and park. When we start walking, another person approaches us asking for $3 each. We ask, "Is this all it will cost?". "Yes", he says. Then we go on with our hike til we reach the beginning of the ruins. Another man is there asking for another $3 each.
There was a group of tourists from Poland. It is interesting to meet people who come to such a remote island for a vacation.
We had to wade across the sandy water which was a warm as bath water and try to climb up and down the rocks and hope to not get hurt. Jeanette, the other senior couple sister was climbing on coral and slipped and fell and was pretty cut up. Guess even senior couples think they are still 12 years old.

1 comment:

  1. That looks amazing! I vote the flying dragon theory. :)