Fairchild Tropical Garden Expedition aboard the Cheng Ho 1939-1940
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MAR 1940
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Piore to Parigi, Sulawesi, Indonesia

Written by Edward Beckwith on Tuesday, March 19, 1940

Hugo Curran holding an unknown vine
Hugo Curran holding an unknown vine. Photographed by Edward Beckwith at Piore, Sulawesi, Indonesia.
Got some quite good sleep of rather short intervals and in spite of painful sunburn.

We went out to the blind around 7 and sat there with the cameras for an hour. No birds came out. Think they are extremely sensitive to anything new and the blind was rather conspicuous. I had thought that the chance of getting shots was not good, but Hugo, who had had less experience with these birds, was very much set on making the attempt. The conditions were ideal at the nest for movies in Kodachrome if the birds had only appeared.

After breakfast, consisting of a banana, canned fruit, crackers, and jam, we went up the beach to take photographs of a vine with red fruit which Hugo thought was an important find.

We started for Parigi in the launch at 10:50, keeping well out of the sun so as not to increase our burns, mine especially being exceedingly painful.

The trip along the Tomini Gulf coast was quite beautiful with high mountains in the distance through which we planned to go later on horseback.

We arrived at Parigi at about 2 P.M. and landed at the pier. The inn was under construction with no rooms and the town was exceedingly hot, the result being that we got in and out of it so fast that customs men had not noted our arrival and the Controlleur, to whom we had a letter, remained unvisited. This was a little irregular but we were both glad to get out of Parigi to the mountains, taking a sort of truck-bus with our baggage in the rear and driving about 40 km to Kebon Kopi, most of the way on a very winding up hill road.

There was nothing there but a small rest house, about 4000 ft altitude, fortunately, with no other guests, as accommodations were limited. It was neatly kept, with good food, comfortable chairs, and a veritable oasis to arrive at after the somewhat agonizing bumpy ride in the stiff springed bus, which necessitated hanging on to an iron bar at about eye level and rising constantly as on a trotting horse to prevent my sunburned parts from meeting the seat. Moreover, there were no mosquitoes and bed nets were unnecessary. Far down toward the West the Makassar Strait between Sulawesi and Borneo was visible and the inlet which led south to Palve.

In the evening Hugo and I discussed our plans for a 9 day horseback trip through the Toradja country to Tentena on Lake Poso and then south to the coast.

 

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