Dozed on & off
til 8.30am when Plumbing Boy came in to tell me he’d been offered the last crewman spot
on our hosts boat to go game fishing.None of the others were interested so he jumped at the chance apparently
telling everyone he had to go & ask his wife first!
Our hosts had
generously offered us the use of her washing machine……………4 loads later, K & I decided to wash out our thongs in the sea, plus PB's muddy camel-back & go for a swim. The water was
lovely & warm, Dad decided to join us.
The sand was a dark brown/black & pebbly & a little rocky
underfoot, but once in a deep gutter within 1 metre of the shore made for a good break with waves that would dump you if you came to
close to shore! Remaining just prior to
the break allowed you to pleasantly bob about with the rise & fall of the
A quick shower
revealed at least a cup of coarse sand & pebbles in my bikini top that I didn't even feel was there!!! Dad said
the same thing happened to him (except his was in his zogs!) – made an awful
clatter on the shower floor!!!
rest of the morning chilling out on the balcony catching up on this journal
listening to the waves.After PB returned
& a late lunch – we raided our ration packs & ate more 2 minute noodles
& tuna - Reg took those of us who wanted to for a bit of a walk to the end
of the point & up a bit of a mountain to see another war relic (big fixed
Dad stayed put as
he had developed a few blisters on the last day of hiking & a couple of
them had managed to suck in some sand, so I had to remove the flaps of skin
& remove the sand so they didn't get infected. Doused them with antiseptic & installed
blister pads on them & then taped them right up as he knew he’d have to
wear boots over the next few days & we needed to keep his feet clean &
dry.K was not up for any more walking
(ever!) by this point!LOL
As we were
departing for our walk, we found the local women had again set up their wares,
so did our gift shopping so they could pack up & go home.It was very hot & humid & I recon I
sweated more on that brief walk than I did the whole previous 6 days hiking.I hadn't thought to bring Barry with me
either & felt clumsy & naked going up & down the hill. It was surreal to believe we'd actually finished hiking although our journey was not yet complete!
Our hosts had gone on to a mother’s day function with their fishing club for the
afternoon, but on returning, they shared the tuna they had caught in the form
of sashimi!! Yum!!! This was followed by a lovely home made lasagna for dinner accompanied by salad & wine &
once again we had an early night due to an early start tomorrow so hosts could be back in Lae for work 8.30am.
Oh, & yes, our hosts not only had hot & cold running water with 3 showers, they also had 3 western toilets!!!!!!!!!!!!