Thursday, August 4, 2011
Costliest potatoes on Earth
As we circled the area to investigate we could see small huts in the middle of the recent clearings. These were the beginnings of farm houses. We could also see very well-worn paths connecting this area to other parts of the mountain. It was incredibly sad to see the devastation from the air and the network of well-worn paths. Easy to imagine that new surrounding forest would be destroyed in a short amount of time.
We landed in the late afternoon and were instructed by the pilot that we only had a certain amount of time to reach the clearings and make it back to fly out. We discussed our assignments. With Bob’s heavy video camera he wouldn’t be going as high but would cover the lower reaches. Joel and I with our smaller camera kits would try to make it to the top with Marc.