Tuesday, August 05, 2008

We have a terrific opportunity. We have been asked to sail a couple of archaeologists to Tokelau. We met this fellow at a cruisers get together yesterday and he is an archaeologist who is arranging for a dig on the Tokelau Islands. Unfortunately his transportation to the islands fell through and he had people from all over the Pacific arriving in American Samoa expecting to spend 2 weeks in the New Zealand protectorate of Tokelau to do some preliminary archaeological work. He had a brain wave, he was amongst a group of cruisers so he asked if anyone was interested in transporting a group to these remote atolls. Barry and I thought this would be an opportunity of a lifetime. There will be a total of 3 boats going taking 8 people in total. There are 4 research archaeologists involved and 4 students from the local college, who will be doing the dig. We have agreed to take 2 of the students. It will be about a 4 day, 3 night voyage and when we get there, they will go ashore and start their work. They have transportation back to Samoa so once we get them there our obligation will be finished. We are planning on leaving on Wed. as there is a good weather window. It will be fantastic to get off the beaten path and go to visit some atolls that very few people get a chance to. Stay tuned.