15 August 2009 | Pago Pago, American Samoa
America Again! Well kind of... The weather deteriorated badly on the final day of the passage and we were happy to finally arrive in Pago Pago harbor. We anchored well after dark and were directed to move to custom's dock the next morning and spent the day being checked back into America. It was raining when the immigrations guys came to the boat and they did not want to get out of the truck so just stuck their heads out the window, asked how many people we had aboard, and drove off. The customs official said he got seasick on boats and just handed us paperwork to fill out. The port captain had the exact same form but it was a bit different shape and they sat side by side on the wharf and asked me to fill them both out. The health department never came to the boat and we visited his office, complete with a girly calendar on the wall and a golf putter leaning in the corner. He had carefully put his flip flops on the edge of the carpet and had his bare feet sticking out from under his desk. We had a bit of a problem as the health inspector was hung up for a while on the fact that we did not have a rat and roach certificate for the boat, but we explained that this was a very small boat and our home, and we were sure there were no rats. At this, he smiled hugely and waved his hands "you all look healthy, have a great stay". It is much more Polynesian than American.
We visited the post office - very excited to pick up the kids' school books for next year. Murphy struck of course, second grade arrived but sixth grade is missing completely. Calvert is claiming everything shipped and the post office is assuring us that it is not on the island. We may be in American Samoa for a while sorting through this. In the mean time, Timothy is celebrating and somehow thinks that he will be off school all year.
It is blowing 25 knots in the anchorage, forecast 35 knots with rain, so we are resting and waiting for a break in the weather to do some exploring and provisioning.