Palmerston Part 2:
(See previous post for part 1)
The remoteness here definitely makes it difficult to stay connected to the outside world and obtain supplies., and we learned that they receive a small cargo shipment only TWICE per year!! 🤯 Despite that, the community/family emphasis on the importance of education and environmental awareness was apparent.. We visited their school which looked like outdoor classrooms we might find in the USA, their hospital/nurses station was very modern, a solar panel farm to power the island so their well groomed roads had working streetlights! We saw a construction site where a new home was to be built (NOT a hut with a thatch roof!), and the satellite communication system. They worked at a well thought out fish cleaning station with information on the problems of over-fishing, and had hanging bundles of freshly picked fruits from their gardens.. AND the whole island was manicured perfectly clean! 🙌 It was obvious that everyone there has a job and works to a common goal to benefit the whole.
After our tour and brief bit of history we went back to our hosts home for lunch! What a treat!! His family served us delicious Polynesian style dishes of fresh fish, rice, fruit and coconut. 🤤 YUM! Following that we were quite full and still feeling over tired from our rough days at sea, so we went back to rest on Trilogy for the night.. already having plans in place with our new friends tomorrow to hang on Trilogy and scuba dive their moorings to replace any sketchy chain.
We also cleaned up the boat and gave our new friends lots of gear that we could do without... They appreciate practical gifts that might come from sailors, so if you are planning to stop here - don't clean out your boat til you get there lol.
I really can't say enough good things about this place and the people who live there. Every one of them made us feel welcome and treated us like we had been friends for years.
Learning the unusual history of the island was interesting and being greeted with such hospitality was an experience we will never forget!