Fairchild Tropical Garden Expedition aboard the Cheng Ho 1939-1940
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Bontoc to Vigan, Philippines

Written by Edward Beckwith on Sunday, December 10, 1939

Father Vanoverberg, expert on Philippine botany, photographed in his study

Father Vanoverberg, expert on Philippine botany, photographed in his study by David Fairchild
David Fairchild collecting an aroid along the road to Vigan

David Fairchild collecting an aroid along the road to Vigan, photographed by Edward Beckwith
Left Bontoc at about 8 and retraced our way on the road from Baguio for a few miles to Sabangan where David wanted to see Father Vanoverberg who has knowledge of the botany of the islands. We stayed some time. He was quite an original character. We then branched off on the road to the West coast bordering the China Sea.

My cold was bothersome and affected my enjoyment of the very remarkable scenery. We climbed up 4000 feet over a high pass which was the most spectacular trip I have ever made. Finally dropped down to the coast, stopping often to secure one of David’s priceless specimens, turned north at the coast for 60 miles and reached Vigan at about 7, where we put up at the Forestry Headquarters. They gave us a dinner, which for number of dishes served was a record.

I had a big shock on arrival where Tamesis told me I was to sleep in his room. There was nothing to be done about it but pity myself. Unpleasant to contemplate after a tiring day. Just a possible loop hole occurred to me as I was not absolutely sure that it was he and not Sulit who did the snoring.

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