The Mighty Murray River!

The Mighty Murray River!

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Day 8 on Pitcairn (Tuesday 27 August)

Hi De Hi campers, you are going to love the photos from today walk!  But before we get to that I must mention that the store, post office and government treasury office are open on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays from 8am to 9am and also the medical center from 9am to 12pm.  So since it is Tuesday we make our way down to the general store (they do open for you outside their hours if you ring ahead) ... we buy a few supplies.  Quite a few of the islanders were down there so I chatted to a few.  Adrianna, who is Randys daughter and my 2nd cousin was there and for some strange reason she has really latched on to me so she wants to come back with me so after informing her Nana (my Aunt Olive) we hike back up the hill.  Part of the way up she points out to a swing so she has a go (I would have had a go but I don't think it would have held my weight.
 Before I came here to Pitcairn Island I had a partial clean out of the craft room and made up a few card packs to give to the girls ... so since Adrianna was with me I gave her hers' and to kill a little time while my fruit loaf and buns were rising and cooking we made a card ...
 Once cooked we all met back at Brendas - Kimiora was there which is one of the boys from the other family on the island with children - Charlene and Wayne (no relation to us ... well as far as we know!)  Wayne is the island electrician.  So I gave the boys - Bradley, Ryan and Kim their Australia/Melbourne baseball caps and Geelong Cats socks (which went right over their heads considering they don't wear shoes!) so I said to give them away or use them when their feet are cold! The loved the hats and didn't mind they had Australia on them!
So we headed off around 11am Brenda with Izzy and Lea Ann and the rest of us walked (Mum was with us but not intending to actually go down Down Rope).
On our way previously a few days ago Lea Ann and Brenda had swung on some Banyan trees so this time we decided to give it a go with the boys ... here is me ...
and here is Sharon ...
 Once at the junction where Ships Landing is Kimiora shows us his family vege plot and next thing you know they are digging into the carrots ...
 the kids on the island are really unusual compared to Australian and NZ kids and even more 'back with nature and down to earth' compared to country kids ... I mean when they grabbed the carrots some washed it roughly and some just wiped it on their clothes and didn't mind that there was still dirt on it! now that would definitely not happen in NZ or Aust!  here is Adrianna chomping on her carrot ... note the foliage is still attached (makes it easy to carry!)
 So we get to the start on Down Rope which is on the way to St Pauls.   We meet up with Brenda and Mum heads back to Dad and Uschi who will be viewing from Tom Blocks lookout.  (Mum met up with Kerry on her way back so she hitches a lift with him to the look out!) 
Izzy is 3 years old and the climb down is a wee bit hard for her so Brenda when Izzy was a baby developed a very very unique way to carry her ... a backpack with holes cut out in the bottom for her legs ...
 So Down Rope is aptly named as I think they may have used a rope to actually scale down the cliff face in the olden days as this was one of the few places that they could fish for Nanwe (which now can be caught anywhere around the island).
So we all set off ... the boys lead the way then Lea Ann, Brenda and the girls, then Neil, me and Sharon in tow ... here are some photos of what we had to go through ... a lot of bum sliding along the ground occured in the descent!!!
walking through dry and prickly Pandanas leaves (shoes came in handy here)
 and here are the mountain goats ... note that is Lea Ann on her ass in front of them!
 this is the cliff face running along side of us ... there is sort of a natural rock stair syst em that we are climbing down ... very hairy going down as gravity is pushing us down and there is the constant feel of falling forward!
 this is the 'stairs' we are climbing down ...
 Neil guiding Sharon ... note doesn't Izzy look comfy!
 once at the bottom we climb over rocks to the only sandy beach ont he island ...
 Once on the beach we start exploring as there is alot of boat and shipping wreckage on the beach.
Here are a few of the locals that we found on the beach ...
 the view from the bottom ... Dad, Uschi and Mum should be there looking down at us ...
 Down Rope is known for its Petroglyphs ...
 Now you remember the other day how Neil found some road kill ... well it happened again (in fact there is some much wreckage from boats etc that it is hard not to find road kill!) and this time we are calling it 'beach kill'
 a few more of the locals ...

 not sure where the body is for the above lobster or crayfish - I forget which one it is ... While the boys were clambering of the rocks looking for Obsidian they come across tha Tropic chick ... which must have tried to fly from its nest ...
we must have spent at least an hour down there collecting stuff we then decided to head back up the cliff face ... so off goes the mountain goats ...
 here is Bradley guiding Sharon where to put her hands and feet ... (he is a good boy!)
 and Neil is guiding Lea Ann ...
 here is Lea Ann taking a quick break to get her breath back ...
 Lea Ann did a good job climbing back up the cliff face ... she found it easier (in terms of scariness to climb back up rather than down .. and I think we all agreed) below is Sharon still climbing up - this photo probably depicts best what we had to climb ...
 about 2/3's of the way up we all stop to admire the view ...
 relieved we finally get to the top and have a water and snack break ... now I am fascinated with how the locals especially the kids cope on the island and I think I have to remind everyone that they DON'T wear shoes when they walk even on the rocks and over sharp dry Pandanas leaves ...
 We walk back but this time just Sharon, Neil, Bradley and I ... so for dinner we had coc'nut and bean soup, cornbeef stirfry and breadfruit and I made a pasta salad.  Actually Len cooked this lovely traditional island food dinner for us this afternoon while we were at Down Rope (Len is 87!)
 Neil loves the breadfruit as it is alot like boiled potatoes ... I prefer it mixed in with some gravy or something so it was nicer mixed in with the cornbeef
... the vegetarian diet is out the door on the Claymore and on the Island as it is too difficult to organise so I am eating the fish and this cornbeef (which comes out of a tin) but this cornbeef that
Len made was nice and it wasn't as salty as I thought it would be!
There is a correction I have to make in a previous post I stated that we saw a breadfruit tree with big yellow fruit well that was wrong apparently it is a Permillo tree which is a bit like a grapefruit crossed with an orange.

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