Jennifer Lauer | Thursday, February 06, 2014
“Lots of hard work, but very good”
This was probably the most physically demanding expedition I've been on: we each had a couple of days of archeology, and the remainder of it involved either planting trees or working at the CONAF site getting the trees ready for planting. We got to work all over the island, including the inside slope of Rano Kau. Prepping the trees including weeding, planting seeds, and sorting plants. Planting the trees involved digging the holes, planting the trees, fertilizing, stabilizing with rocks, and then GPSing each one for later followup.
The place we stayed, Mama Vicki's house, was the best accommodation I've been in on an expedition. The food was excellent, the rooms were nice, each room had their own bathroom, and there was a wonderful porch for after-work visiting.
Our first weekend day included a really comprehensive tour of all the sites on the island. The second day was a pretty strenuous hike along the north side of the island, to see parts that don't normally get included in the tours. It was interesting, but not for the faint of heart or uncertain of foot.
The evening talks were dependent on who was on the island at the time, but were pretty interesting.
Sonia was a fabulous PI, I really enjoyed working for her.