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National Park Travelers Club Explores the Park

March 13, 2015

A group of 18 members arrived Monday night from Honolulu to visit the National Park of American Samoa. Last year, some of the members visited us, but they were not able to visit Ofu Island area of the national park because there was no reliable transportation to the Manu’a Islands.

National Park Travelers Club members with Park rangers Pua, Sam, and Pai.

National Park Travelers Club members with Park rangers Pua, Sam, and Pai.

This full-spirited group from the National Park Travelers Club continued to share their vibrant excitement as they visited us this week for a ranger-led hike in the national park on Tutuila Island. They enjoyed seeing a bat roost, magnificent views from Afono Pass, some cultural sites at Lower Sauma Ridge, and of course the stunning Pola Island.

Upon entering Vatia village, they opted to have an obligatory pose with the park sign.

Upon entering Vatia village, they opted to have an obligatory pose with the park sign.

It was refreshing to see these “die-hard” park fanatics especially hearing their cheeful talks and laughters that surrounded the vibe at our visitor center. You could also feel their support for our national parks as these folks all marched in wearing our green park shirt.

Some members of the National Park Travelers Club also had the opportunity to visit Ofu Island this time as they chartered a flight to experience the pristine beaches and magnificent views of the Manu’a Islands. The group are lovers of the National Park System with the goal to reach as many park sites as possible and get their park passport stamped.

Snapshots with the magnificent Ofu Island views.

Snapshots with the magnificent Ofu Island views.

Some members of the National Park Travelers Club with Manu'a District Ranger Carlo Caruso and his crew.

Some members of the National Park Travelers Club with Manu’a District Ranger Carlo Caruso and his crew.

Manu’a District Ranger Carlo Caruso and his crew Ricky and John welcomed the group on Ofu Island and talked about the work they do to preserve and protect the national park resources. He also gave them a tour of Ofu and Olosega islands.

“The National Park Travelers Club is organized to provide networking and recognition opportunities for visitors to America’s National Park System and collectors of Passport to your National Parks cancellation stamps.” (www.parkstamps.org)

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