Fairchild Tropical Garden Expedition aboard the Cheng Ho 1939-1940
NOVEMBER 1939
 
 
 
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DEC 1939
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Baguio to Bontoc, Philippines

Written by Edward Beckwith on Friday, December 8, 1939

Florencio Tamesis, Head of the Philippiine Forestry Bureau

Florencio Tamesis, Head of the Philippiine Forestry Bureau, photographed by Edward Beckwith
J. M. Sulit, Philippine Botanist

J. M. Sulit, Philippine Botanist, photographed by Edward Beckwith
Cars on the road from Baguio to Bontoc

Cars on the road from Baguio to Bontoc, photographed by David Fairchild
Had good sleep but cold unpleasant.

Perfect day for the trip to Bontoc.

Tamesis arrived around 9 with a truck and Ford sedan. He brought Sulit with him, Philippine botanist, and about five others, one an expert tree climber and one a photographer, whom he asked me to instruct in taking pictures.

There were 11 in the party including 2 chauffeurs. Two cars, one a truck and one a sedan. We started before 10 and drove the 100 miles to Bontoc over a road which at one point reached 788 ft. At one point, an extraordinarily scenic winding highway with innumerable men working on it at all points. We brought lunch but did not stop long. David walking around looking at plants with a sandwich in one hand. Most of the road was one way controlled by gates at many points.

My cold was uncomfortable and I had to wear my camels hair coat and sweater and was none too warm.

Arrived at Bontoc about 6:00 situated in deep valley perhaps 2000 ft alt. Population about 8000, and about as varied and colorful as it could be. I have never been in a town which was so primitive and interesting.

Hotel a small frame building on the main street, and I had to take a room with Tamesis and Sulit, so small there was hardly room for the beds.

Marian prepared a concoction for my cold to be followed by an aspirin. I threw them both away later but accepted them to avoid argument.

Went to bed at 7:30 after some soup.

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