Pirates and Sunsets

by Ana Pinto on

While travelling around the island I bump into many of the people who live on Pitcairn, including Pirate Pawl who I meet in the town square. He tells me about the times he has travelled and camped over at Henderson Island and how he has seen many whales breaching and displaying at the surface of the water. He's also seen lots of sharks and other cool marine animals.

Ana and Pirate Pawl
Me and Pirate Pawl

After hearing the amazing tales that Pirate Pawl had to tell, I realised it was time for dinner. Carol had told me earlier that day that we were going to head up to the Highest Point for a family picnic. I told her I would walk up there and meet them all at the top, I couldn’t wait to see all the sights of the island and the ocean from above again. So once more, I took off uphill towards the Highest Point. It took about 40 minutes to walk right to the top, but I did stop to take a few photos and to snack on the guava fruits you can find on the way there!

Darrilyn bringing the picnic and camping supplies up to the Highest Point on her quadbike
Darrilyn bringing the picnic and camping supplies up to the Highest Point.

Carol’s family go past me on their quad bikes, one by one, and I can already see that it will be a feast of a picnic as all of the bikes that have gone past so far have been carrying boxes full of foods and juices! When I finally get up there, the views of the island are breathtaking.

Ana's view of the ocean on the way up to the Highest Point
My view of the ocean on the way up to the Highest Point

It’s incredible how you can see so much of both (east/west) of the island while standing up here. 

Signposts to other parts of the world.
A long way away from everywhere!

There are picnic tables at the Highest Point and by the time I get there, the food is just starting to be laid out on the tables. Great timing, that uphill walk made me very hungry! After enjoying the yummy food while watching the sunset with the whole family, Jo tells me that she has brought a tent up here and we’ll be camping to see the stars and watch the sunrise…

Sunset at the Highest Point with Jo and Cushana
Amazing skies - sunset at the Highest Point with Jo and Cushana

Camping up at the highest point is a great adventure! With the fire going to keep us warm, eating marshmallows while listening to the waves crash onto the rocks and looking at the starry sky, it's one memory that will stay with me for a while!

I can hear whales splashing around in the ocean here, shame that it is pitch black outside and I cannot see them! 

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