4/11/10: Easter Island
The travel gods have really smiled on us during our time here on Easter Island, because for the fourth day in a row we woke up to nothing but gorgeous blue skies, warm weather and of course, another Reds victory! So for the fourth day in a row, we set out after breakfast to take advantage of the perfect weather. Today’s quest:
“The second beach is a gem so hidden, it doesn’t even have a name. Found along the southern shore of the island near Ahu Vaihu (along the road from Hanga Roa to Ahu Akahanga), this beautiful and desolate beach is much larger than that at Anakena and is surrounded by breathtaking cliffs.”
If it says so on WikiTravel, it’s gotta be true. We hitched a ride (don’t worry – it was from our roommate, not an ax murderer) out past Ahu Vaihu and began the hunt. To elicit a few groans from the audience, I shall call this our “Easter JPEG Hunt” because JPEG rhymes with egg and our goal was to take pictures at the beach and then convert them into JPEGs on the computer.
This hunt got me reminiscing about my days searching for plastic Easter eggs both at our house and Grandma and Grandpa’s. Eggs were filled with one of three things: candy, coins or dollar bills. At home the eggs were color-coded (dark colors for me, light colors for my brother) so that Steve and I each received an equal amount of both eggs and money. Whenever we’d find an egg, we’d shake it hoping for no sound because that was one of the one or two eggs with the big bills (you know, the Washingtons). However, along the way we’d also find the coins and M&Ms, which were decent prizes in themselves.
Today though, we were hunting for a beach (remember, to get our JPEGs), but were also enjoying the small prizes that we found along the way:
A horse skull chewing on a rock.
A pukao lying by itself.
A religious rock thing.
A hot dog.
A big wave that scared little Zhou.
Two big waves that were scared by a bigger Kevin.
Some pretty flowers.
A flightless bird.
A moai head in the ground.
Goats who had just knocked over a bunch of moai.
As you can see, we found lots of ‘C’ eggs (candy/coin eggs). The one thing missing? The beach! (Son of a beach!) We searched the entire coastline from east of Ahu Vaihu to the southwest corner of the island and never saw one grain of sand. (Aren’t you proud though? In the past we would often search inland as well, but we’ve learned that beaches are usually on the coast so we saved ourselves valuable time by cutting out the middle-land.)
To the jokester who wrote that tidbit in the WikiTravel article: you got us. Your hoax made us look stupid. We walked some absolutely stunning coastline for over three hours under clear blue skies while you sat in your chair at home laughing at us. We had an amazing afternoon taking in the sights and smells of the most remote island in the world while you emailed your friends about your amazing prank. Are you happy now?
Pictures of the Day: Now you see Zhou.
Now you don’t.