Fairchild Tropical Garden Expedition aboard the Cheng Ho 1939-1940
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FEB 1940
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Manado, Lake Tonando and Noongan, Sulawesi, Indonesia

Written by Edward Beckwith on Wednesday, February 7, 1940

Aerial view of Manado with Lake Tonando in the distance
Aerial view of Manado with Lake Tonando in the distance. Sulawesi, Indonesia. Photographed in 2008 by alanalew.
Lake Tonando, Sulawesi
Lake Tonando, Sulawesi, Indonesia. Photographed in 2007 by sektordua.
Pigafetta elata near Noongan, Sulawesi
Pigafetta elata in a roadside forest near Noongan, Sulawesi, Indonesia. Photographed by Edward Beckwith. From David Fairchild’s pocket diary: “Magnificent sight! I am not disappointed.”
Anne, David, Marian, Hugo, Daan and I started at 8:30 in two cars for Lake Tondano [Tonando] and arrived further on at the T.B. sanatorium “Queen Emma,” where we were to spend the night. The sanatorium is about 2400 ft. altitude and we had the guest house to ourselves, a spotlessly clean little house with private housekeeping arrangements. The trip here was not interesting, about the same character as yesterday. Had a picnic lunch by the road with a thunder storm coming up.

Lake Tonando was not particularly impressive, but I can imagine how differently the entire place must have been in Wallace’s time. Daan decided to go back with the cars and spend the night in the town. David is interested in a virgin forest near this place on a sulphur mine property.

After a sleep in this quite cool place within one degree of the equator, David, Marian, Anne and I took a walk on the road and I took a number of photos with David’s camera in the failing light. David became very enthusiastic over a Pigafetta elata, which will have to be photographed later in color.

Hugo went off alone early and returned with many interesting specimens.

Supper was very simple, soup, bread, cheese, jam, etc., rather inadequate as we were all very hungry.

The sanatorium has been going 4 years and the register showed we were the first Americans to come here.

In the evening David discussed tomorrow’s plans and wanted me to be in two places at once.

Anne is apparently enjoying the whole trip so far and leaves all plan making to David, falling in with any arrangements he wishes to make.

There were several critical comments about Daan for not staying here for plant explorations, –that he was a “boulevardier,” etc.

Turned in on a very hard, clean bed at 9 P.M.

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