Here we are at day five already. I thought I would start out this post by introducing some of the locals. Here is a picture of “Mama Kenawa”, along with Katrina (our fellow Earthshipper) and Kat. Mama Kenawa’s is where we go to eat everyday, twice a day. She and her family live on the island and sell snacks and drinks to the tourists.
The cost of the food is really cheap and it means we don’t have to worry about buying groceries and preparing meals ourselves. This is good because there aren’t any kitchen facilities in the Earthships. Breakfast and dinner, for three people, all together runs about $20CAN. We have rice at every meal, and a lot of local fish too.
Next we have Suji. He is our main guy to go to if we need help with getting things for the Earthship. He is the one who contacted Earthship Biotecture and got them to come build the Earhthships.
Without posting everyday, the pictures are piling up. We may need to do a few post trip posts to get everything covered.
We’ve been getting up around sunrise most days, which is just about 6am local time. We recently decided to do the hike up the hill that seems to attract so many tourists.
Most of Kenawa island is covered by this sparse grass.
There are quite a few paths around the island, but there is one main one that heads straight from the dock to the hill at the north-west point. Here you can see Kat heading for the hill.
This was just as the sun was rising, so after we had trekked up the hill partway, I turned around and snapped a picture of the rising sun.
A little further up we found another resident. This little girl was very affectionate and is the third cat we have encountered. The other two live over at Mama Kenawa’s.
Turning to the south a bit you can see the harbour at Poto Tano where our ferry arrived when we got here. I took this picture to capture the cloudy comb-over coming over the mountains behind the harbour.
Once you reach the top of the hill, and the island for that matter, if you look down you can see a lot of black lava rock. If you get even closer you can watch all of the crabs galavanting across those rocks. We didn’t get close enough for a picture of that though.
Took another picture of the rising sun on our way back.
On the opposite side of the island from where the Earhtships are, over the hill, there are some mangrove trees.
It’s just starting to show in this next picture, but up near the area where the waves are breaking is a huge wall of dead coral. When the tide goes out, it becomes a barrier between the ocean and the trees.
After heading back down, we were sitting on the shore and we kept seeing the large schools of fish all jumping out of the water at the same time. The fish were all really tiny though so it was a very fascinating thing to see. Interestingly enough, I did manage to snap a picture, but I don’t think you can really tell that the white speckles in the middle are fish.
We had our breakfast and then decided to have some fun in the water. We headed down to the dock and took some pictures of the ocean life there.
More fish, more coral, we saw a few jellyfish but we don’t know what kind they were, spiny sea urchins and everything in bewtween.
I asked Suji if there are any sharks and he said none near the island. There are some further out, but they are all small, like the size of a cat or small dog.
None of these pictures were taken underwater, but Katrina did bring a camera that can do that so we will have some underwater shots to show at some point. We do go snorkling pretty much every day.
All of that was yesterday, or earlier. Today, Katrina and I finished building a bed frame for Earthship2.
It’s certainly not my best work, but seeing as we used a rusted hand saw to cut half the pieces and had to use rusty nails to put it together, I think we did okay. We did eventually get the generator working so we could use the skill saw. We really need a cordless drill though. We don’t even have a good screwdriver. We found one Phillips and one standard slot screwdriver.
The wood we have available is really hard too, so you would need to predrill any holes before putting a screw in. We bent several large nails trying to pound them into the wood.
Alas, that is all for today. It’s time to go for a swim.