Home is where the heart is... or right on your back!
“There are no shortcuts to any place worth going.” -Beverly Sills
In the mixed-species of American Samoa, no single tree or plant dominates 🌿🌴🌺🌸🌼
Down below sits the Capitol of American Samoa, Pago Pago (pronounced Pango Pango because Gs in Samoan are pronounced ng)
From the top of Mt. ‘Alava
You know what they say... another day, another flower
“Nature always wears the colors of the spirit.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson
We were invited to join the Maiava Family, who opened their home for us while staying on Tutuila, to church. The service was all in Samoan but they welcomed us to their village and did a blessing for us in English. These are the kids of the Maiava Family, who were so much fun to be around!
Although American Samoa is 117,500 miles (about the size of Oregon), only 76 miles or .1% is actually dry land
And even after all these years, we’re still cousins
Paka Fa’asao o Amerika Samoa
The National Park of American Samoa was established in 1993 when village chiefs signed a 50 year lease, enabling NPS to manage the rainforest, coral reefs, and beaches spanning over 3 of the 5 islands formed by volcanos that make up this US territory
Is it the lighting or am I really just this dark?
Tuafauna Trail- switchbacks up a mountain, then all ropes and ladders down the other side to end at a beach only accessible by this trail
National Park of American Samoa- Samoa means “sacred land”. The National Park helps protect fa'asamoa, the customs, beliefs, and traditions of this 3,000 year old culture
It was forecasted to thunderstorm (probably why it’s called a rainforest) on us every hour of each day we were in American Samoa but we lucked out and this is the only hour out of the entire week we were stuck in the rain
Off to the right is Pola Island with the Vaiava Strait separating it from Tutuila Island, American Samoa’s largest island
By far American Samoa is the most unique place I’ve ever been yet and I loved it
Loved listening to the tropical birds and roosters every morning as the waves gently rolled into the bay, I just wish they’d wake me up a little later than 6am
View from my window while staying on the main island of American Samoa, Tutuila
One of the best parts of our journey is all the friends we meet along the way, some of which walk on four legs. 🐶🐕😍
Views from the World War II Heritage Trail. National Park of American Samoa. 👍🏽😀
For those who haven’t been to American Samoa, we highly suggest visiting there! The people are friendly, the weather (although hot and humid) is nice, and as you can see, the scenery is gorgeous! 🌴☀️😊
Many of the trails in American Samoa require you to use ropes and ladders and get dirty. However the views at the end of the trail are well worth it! 😍
A look at Pola Island and the beautiful pebble beach at the end of the short Pola Island Trail near the village of Vatia. National Park of American Samoa. 🌴☀️😄👍🏽
Been a few weeks since we visited, but yes we did make it to the National Park of American Samoa. Park #52
in our journey to see all 59 in one crazy year of traveling! 😮
Coming up with captions is the hardest part! 😜
*click the location above to see where this location is on the map*
The National Park of American Samoa is a National Park in the United States Territory of American Samoa, distributed across three separate islands: Tutuila, Ofu, and Ta‘ū.
American Samoa as a whole is made up of 10 highly eroded volcanic mountains and 2 coral atolls, only 5 of the 10 are inhabited. Overall, this land contains rugged cliffs, tropical rain forest, coral, and volcanic activity. There are five known rainforest communities: lowland, montane, coast, ridge, and cloud. About 70% of the land is ferns or trees leaving the other 30% made up of beaches or grassland. The highest point in American Samoa is 964 meters tall, known as Lata Mountain. As a whole, American Samoa is a living volcano that is moving 3 inches towards China every year. It is located on the Pacific Plate, which is home to many other hotspots, like Hawaii. These islands were formed by remains of extinct volcanoes, making the land very rocky. The water is warm and very clean, making it possible for species not found in U.S. waters to live. There are many different rocks/minerals but the most common are: Diamond, Gold, Silver, Quartz, Opal, and many different Igneous rocks. #geology #geologyadventures #nationalparkofamericansamoa
The first time I went to Ofu, it stormed nearly the entire week I was there. The first moment the rains stopped I walked the beach to finally get a view of this place, and even though it was rainy with cloudy skies, it immediately became my favorite place in the world 😍
The National Park of American Samoa was designated on this day in 1988. Happy anniversary! This is Ofu Island, one of six images in the National Park of American Samoa chapter of Treasured Lands (click link on profile for info). #AmericanSamoa #nationalpark #nationalparkofamericansamoa