The last thing you expect sailing up to a deserted volcano island is a plane taking off and a helicopter landing but that’s just what we saw on our way into the anchorage about ten days ago. Turns out, Pagan is a very busy place right now. There are about twenty scientists plus support crew setting up seismic monitoring stations and a system to broadcast the data to AK so it can be posted online. All of the Pagan residents all employed by the scientists so during the day people are all working their butts off. Except for us that is. We’ve hiked to the east side of the island and up to the edge of the volcano (before it got too steep, rock slidey, and sulfury to keep going up), snorkeled a few reefs, explored the WWII, fished at night for lobsters, taken care of baby goats, roasted a pig, made coconut oil, made friends with scientists, locals, and sailors, and taken lots of video to share later. The wind is supposed to die Monday but we still have more to do before we head back to Saipan. When we leave will depend on what the weather decides to do next week. Things are great here and I think it’s safe to say another island has found its way to a special place in our hearts.
PS The scientists have wireless Internet which is how I am posting this. So crazy!