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Maunga Terevaka

Friday, May 3rd 2013

We decided to climb Maunga Terevaka, the highest point on the island. My four friends went on horseback, but having never been on a horse in my life, and having a somewhat delicate back 10 months after having fragments of a ruptured spinal disc removed, I decided I'd walk up. So I drove to Ahu Akivi, found the start of the trail, and headed up. It was a hot sunny day but there weren't many people around. In the end, the only people I saw on the trail were my friends coming down - they'd reached the top quite a bit before me.

The summit was amazing. The entire horizon was sea, Pacific Ocean in every direction with no other land except the bit I was on. I couldn't imagine living on such a tiny speck of land. I felt oppressed by how small it was already and I'd only been here for 4 days.

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