Saturday, December 1, 2007
Corrections from a local expert
Fortunately I have a few local experts that read my blog and correct me when I go astray! So, according to Howard Cole of hiketinian.blogspot.com, the latte (latt-ee) stones that are found around these islands were used for supports for their homes. Most of the stones were much smaller, say 3' high, and then the house was built on top so that the house sat above the ground.
The shipwreck on the south beach is actually a tuna boat that wrecked during a typhoon in the 1970s or 1980s (it just looks much older!). I guess the whole town had to relocate for a while as the tuna left in the boat rotted and smelled something awful...
We had the chance to take a hike with Howard today to see some latte stones hidden away just of the beach south off Tachogna Beach. We went with a large group of tour agents from Guam visiting the islands. We were very impressed with Howard's knowledge of the area, including the flora and fauna. We intend to go on more of his hikes when we have the chance.