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Don & Deb's Big Adventure on Buena Vista
Our new playground is FIJI for 2014!
Walk to Vaipo Falls
05/08/2012, Daniels Bay, Nuka Hiva, French Polynesia

You can now hear water rushing somewhere down to the left but the growth is so thick you can't see anything. Every so often we pass a pae pae, usually half covered with growth. That's a stone platform that the natives built their houses on. The native tribes lived their lives up in these valleys away from the sea. I guess if you lived down by the ocean you were more open to being attacked by your enemies (your neighbors?). There's an opening in the bush...you can see the waterfall up there in the distance.

Walk to Vaipo Falls
05/08/2012, Daniels Bay, Nuka Hiva, French Polynesia

It's getting moist and steamy as we walk deeper into the valley...did I mentioned that it rains ALOT here. The trail is muddy and rocky and sometimes slippery. Look at that cool mushroom.

Walk to Vaipo Falls
05/08/2012, Daniels Bay, Nuka Hiva, French Polynesia

Check out these banyan trees. They sure look ancient to me.

Walk to Vaipo Falls
05/08/2012, Daniels Bay, Nuka Hiva, French Polynesia

As you make your way deeper into the valley the sky disappears and you enter the thick growth of the jungle. Do you know that hundreds of years ago three thousand people lived in this valley alone. Each valley on this island had a different tribe living there - they all hated each other and warred with each other - and possible ate their enemies after killing them in battle. Read the book 'Typee' by Herman Melville for more about this area.

Walk to Vaipo Falls
05/08/2012, Daniels Bay, Nuka Hiva, French Polynesia

This walk winds up this amazing valley at the base of the very edge of an ancient volcano. If you go to the right side of the blog page and click on the location map...then scroll down to where you see Google Earth...drill down there (by the 'Survivors' Marquesas tag...you can see this valley very clearly and I think if you follow the edge of the volcano up into the valley you can see the waterfall too.

Walk to Vaipo Falls
05/08/2012, Daniels Bay, Nuka Hiva, French Polynesia

This walk winds up this amazing valley at the base of the very edge of an ancient volcanoe.

Walk to Vaipo Falls
05/08/2012, Daniels Bay, Nuka Hiva, French Polynesia

That's a noni fruit. Thought to be full of anti-cancer agents. Some folks here ferment and drink it...it's supposed to be a cure all. I've heard it tastes horrible but judging from the beautiful skin of the locals, maybe it's worth it...their fountain of youth.

Walk to Vaipo Falls
05/08/2012, Daniels Bay, Nuka Hiva, French Polynesia

Check out these wild chilis. Aren't they pretty. Too hot for me though.

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