Fairchild Tropical Garden Expedition aboard the Cheng Ho 1939-1940
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MAR 1940
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Gorontalo, Sulawesi, Indonesia

Written by Edward Beckwith on Tuesday, March 5, 1940

Finished packing with interruptions, such as helping Anne count a lot of money. David brought up the subject of the camera again and I finally said I would take my own camera. He told me not to take what he said too seriously and I finally decided to take his. Found that the movie films in the refrigerator were wet but several dry inside the cases. Second time that Fenton has allowed this to happen.

Am taking along 1000 ft of Kodachrome 16mm, and 800 stills for Rolleiflex. Also all of the Kodachrome still film.

Hugo and I said goodbye to everyone after lunch and left with our equipment in the launch for about a month’s trip in Sulawesi ending at Macassar. The trip will be by boat, horseback and car and will take us through a great variety of country. Our start on it marks a second stage in the expedition and an important one.

The Cheng Ho, in a somewhat disabled condition as far as engines are concerned, will leave for Surabaya at 2:30 P.M. They expect to make the following stops on the way – Kolono Bay in Tioko Strait, S.E. Sulawesi and Praya Bay (Banga), N.W. Surabaya Island?

It was the hottest part of the day as Hugo and I engaged rooms at the Gorontalo Hotel. The rooms were clean and pleasant but filled with mosquitoes. I was glad that I had brought the flit gun given me by Fant who also generously contributed a number of other articles.

After we were settled we walked about the town and bought a number of articles, also took a few hours of very sound sleep feeling a peaceful let down after the recent activities on the junk.

Our projected trip is as follows:

Leave here at 10 P.M. March 9 on native boat Poigar. Arrive Tilamuta in morning. Then Bumbulan, Marisa, Una Una, Kololio, Ampibako, Poso on March 12.

Poso is not a regular stop but for 50 guilders extra they have included it. At Poso we will can take another boat to Parigi. From there to Palu by car and make a trip south and back. Return to Poso and then strike south as follows, — Psoso to Tentena on Lake Poso (by car). Tentena to Pendolo (by boat). Pendolo to Masamba (by horse 60 kilometers).

Masamba to Palopo (by car). Palopo to Rantipao (by car). Rantipao to Makale (by car). Makale to Enrekang (by car). Enrekang to Pare Pare (by car). Pare Pare to Macassar (by car). We will expect to rejoin the junk either there or at Surabaya possibly at Bali in about a month!

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