December 13, 2006
Awaiting the arrival of the R/V Roger Revelle Because of flight limitations into Samoa we have been forced (?) to wait for the arrival of the R/V Roger Revelle in Samoa. Yesterday we toured the island and there was some talk among the group to perhaps tour the other island. I chose to remain behind and spend some time taking a "walk about" of the area. The center of town was located within just a few blocks of the hotel. Within the center one could find the typical businesses or activities seen within most towns or cities within the United States. Banks, grocery stores, clothing outlets, a drug store, even a barbershop were spotted. A major center of activity was the market area. Set up like most flea markets in my home state of Texas, the market had both formal booths and areas where people just laid out their goods for sale. People were everywhere and business was brisk. The people of Samoa seem to be made up of a broad mix of native Samoans, Asians, and Europeans. You could spot the native male Samoans easily in that most were wearing a traditional skirt referred to as a "lava lava". The ladies tended to dress in a brightly colored floral full-length casual dress. All wore sandals. All were also extremely friendly and polite to all. I completed my tour by taking a walk down the oceanfront back to my hotel. The seas were calm and I could not wait to see the Roger Revelle and get started with my adventure. That evening at the hotel the chief scientist Steve held a short planning meeting in which assignments were discussed. Many things were planned and I knew work would be coming.