Friday, February 06, 2009

Barack Obama visits Nan Madol

Fierce Clouds: This canoe was sailing through the lagoon as we made our way towards Nan Madol.

Tour Guide Jimmy: Today it was Jimmy's turn to show us Pohnpei.

Barack Obama in a boat: I proudly wore my Barack Obama shirt to Nan Madol. It may be the first time a sitting US president visited the historic site.

Blue Steel: It is hard too look cool when you're wearing white sneakers. Just ask Jeff Turbitt.

Main building: This is a shot of the main building from the ocean.

Inside main building: According to our guide, Jimmy, tree roots are responsible for the crumbling of Nan Madol.

Iconic pattern: I've been seeing this pattern in books since I learned to read. It is such a thrill to see them in person.

Another inside shot: I like posting pictures, what can I say?

Corner: This is the northeast corner of the main building.

Toes of discovery: I don't have any pictures of me in the kayak.

Kayak ruins: I didn't see these walls during my last visit.  Exploring in the kayak allowed me to see a lot more of the Nan Madol ruins.

Sting ray: It is hard to tell from this photo, but this sting ray was huge.

Trees and canals: A building is underneath these trees.  You can see how much the jungle has taken over the ruins because you can't even see the ruins.

Nan Madol today: Most of Nan Madol today looks like a mangrove. It has been overgrown for over 1000 years now.


Anonymous said...

I think President Obama's mind is in Nan Madol with the kind of stimulus crap they are trying to push through.. If his mind doesn't depart from Nan Madol, the next generation may be responsible paying $1.5 trillion dollars.

Anonymous said...

Ever try to lift one of those basalt columns? The builders must have been very strong or used thousands of slave labourers.
The quarry for those columns is over by Sokhe's Rock... imagine the size of the canoes to transport them to Nan Madol.
I love that place!

g00$e said...

Is Howard Rice still in Pohnpei? He was an avid kayaker there in the mid to late 90's. Accompanied him on many trips throughout the lagoon islands to/from Nan Madol. Also through the Sekere mangroves on the western side of the island.

Is my mangrove crab shell still mounted behind the PCR restaurant sushi bar? Does Mercy still work there?

Does Marsha still work at Joy Hotel?

The Saipan Blogger アンジェロ・ビラゴメズ said...

I wish you had asked these things while I was still there.