Pago Pago, American Samoa and American Samoa National Park

4/29/19 – Monday

After our exercises and breakfast we could actually walk off the ship at this dock. Boy, was it hot and steamy, that’s why my first photo was like this:

Steamy Photo- this place was HOT and HUMID!

After waiting awhile and wiping my lens, this is the scene.

The souvenir booths which we perused when we returned.

On the way, guess what we saw…way out here in American Samoa.

We continued on for about a couple miles to the American Samoa National Park Visitor’s Center. The actual park was a cab distance away and mostly hiking in dense forest, so we figured we were okay just getting information and my Passport stamp here. Once we arrived we were most impressed with the Air Conditioning!!! Ah, sooo refreshing..


On the way back I loved this view of a place to play.

Here was a house of some really well off citizen

A longer view of the roadway we walked.

Apparently, Sadie Thompson was a real person whose life was shared in a movie . Rita Hayworth appears as Sadie Thompson in this poster.
Miss Sadie Thompson’s

Back at the ship I took these shots of the park:


American Samoa National Park
American Samoa National Park

For the afternoon we played cards (“13”) with Jamie and Beth, watched a movie “Marwen”, and enjoyed Dinner. I ate the Feijoa (fruit) that I’d seen at the public market in Wellington, NZ and Trina bought for me in Napier, NZ. She said almost everyone has this tree in their back yard. I’d even seen one with fruit at Hobbiton. Well, I was not so thrilled with that fruit. So there’s my word on it.

We went up on the top deck of our ship to check out the stars when it was dark. There was still a lot of ambient light on the ship so we just didn’t get the beautiful sky view that you would in the desert. Darn.

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About Patricia Elser

I've always loved the loose, flowing, transparent look of watercolors, of Chinese paintings and their calligraphy, but alas, no watercolor classes were available when I was in school, so that interest remained buried until my children were grown. Even then, I was afraid that I couldn't really paint, so upon my sister's advice, I actually started to take classes. I signed up for every class available, determined to learn no matter how afraid I was. I came upon a teacher, Stan Miller, who inspired me, who opened the door to success in watercolor. I love to look at beautiful images. I want to capture them forever. All my life, photography was how I gathered images of the beauty I saw. Thanks to all that photography, I enjoy composing pictures, especially up close. Watercolors allow me to add more of me in their translation of that beauty. My paintings reflect my love for music and dance, with their rhythm and flow. I am fascinated by the play of light, so it appears in my pictures as drama for they are filled with darks and lights. Maybe it's the challenge, maybe it's the beauty, but now, when a work comes together, it fills my soul.
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2 Responses to Pago Pago, American Samoa and American Samoa National Park

  1. Judith Andre says:

    The woman in the Miss SadieThompson film poster is Rita Hayworth.

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