That story is one which continues to draw people to the Pacific Islander blog. When I bother to check my statistics I nearly always find that someone has visited the blog by searching for that flower.
Today I had a very nice surprise. A fellow named Wes, who has spent many weeks on Taveuni, and hiked to the lake last year, visited the blog and wrote me an email to share a couple of his pics. He has kindly agreed to let me share them with you. The hike took place one year ago today.
Wes related that it took about five hours of hard hiking up the southeast facing slopes to reach the lake. In the following picture, the lake is behind the group and is covered with vegetation. He says you could actually walk on the vegetation without falling into the water if you were careful. Click to enlarge...
Copyright © 2007 Brian W. HoffmanThe next picture of the guide who led them there. He is wearing tagimoucia blossoms on his ears!
Copyright © 2007 Brian W. HoffmanTheir hike down the other side of the mountain was to the village called Naqara (nah-ngara), the "commercial center" of Taveuni, and took four hours. A long day of hiking in the tropics, but I have a feeling that the prize was well worth the effort.