Soon after lunch, which we brought along, we started back on another road which crossed the high mountain range. The road was grass grown and apparently little used. It was very winding and went a very long distance among mountains before reaching its highest altitude which must have been at least 5000 ft. We passed some remarkable rice terraces which were in some ways equal to these at Bontoc although not constructed on as steep hillsides. As we reached the highest point we both sat on the backs of the seats of the open car. It was an uncomfortably cold place to ride but the scenery made up for everything. Unfortunately it was after dark and I regretted that we had not made the trip starting in the other direction. The drop down to sea level took a long time. The road passed through Malino, a sort of resort town. Arrived at the hotel at 8:30 having covered 360 kilometers, — cost about 40 guilders. Botanically the trip was disappointing, as the palm which Hugo was after proved to be the same or a close relative to the one in the Philippines.
We found the answer to our telegram to David had been received at about 3 P.M. It was from Surabaya and said “Cable delayed. Authorize expedition. Coming Makassar about twenty first – Fairchild.”
Hugo wanted to make plans at once for the trip but I said I must look over my finances first and see if they would carry us through.