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Sunday 10/7/2011 - Trek Day 5

Weather: Sunny, Windy Place: Brigade Hill to Naduri - 5 hours

overcast 28 °C

Woke 5:20am. Quickly packed up camp and went to the top of Brigade Hill (1415m). All the Aussie soldiers who fell at Mission Ridge and Brigade Hill had been buried their during the war (later moved to Bomana Cemetery). I helped raise the Australian and PNG flags. We had a little service and I read out the names of the fallen. We then sung Advance Australia Fair and Waltzing Matilda, the boys then sang their national anthem. It was very pretty with the sun rising over the mountains. Had breakfast; usual cereal plus pancakes with honey. YUM!!! John gave us a little briefing, then we left.

After a little while came to Nishimura's Tree. Nishimura was a Japanese soldier who fought the diggers on Brigade Hill. He survived the war and came back to PNG in the 60's and lived here for many years looking for the bodies/bones of his comrades and sending their ashes back to Japan. There were two pairs of footy boots hanging in the trees. Kept walking up hill before coming to a ledge with a great view of Mission Ridge and the ridges from old Efogi up to Kagi where the Japanese 'Lantern Parade' happened. Met 4 hunting dogs and a man who had been out hunting wild pig.

Walked downhill to a creek with a log bridge. Walked back uphill to Efogi 1 village (1220m). Very big and pretty. Walked past the airfield and as we came into the village there were a few stalls. We didn't buy anything. Walked down hill AGAIN past some ladies carrying foods and goods on their heads. Then past another group (one man only had one leg) before crossing Elome Creek (1150m). 12m wide and a log crossing. Walked up a steep hill to Efogi 2 (1350m). A small but pretty village. Villagers were selling things and I bought a small Bilum Bag for 30 Kina. Lots of kids and gave them lollies. Stopped there for morning tea - fruit and crackers. The fruit was from the village.

A very steep, rocky, slippery down hill and at the bottom we crossed Efogi Creek (980m) where the Aussies had ambushed the Japs in the war. 15m wide, log crossing and white water rapids. Climbed up again, very steep and tiring. Also very rocky. Got halfway up and could see Mount Victoria to the West. The highest peak in PNG. Finally got to the top and the village of Naduri (1550m) where we were staying the night. Very nice and open area.

Had a shower then put up the tent. I got 2 blisters and Dean got an infected toe which they had to pop. Had lunch; cheese, Spam, crackers, 2-minute noodles, fritters, baked beans and fruit. Relaxed all afternoon as this was only a half-day of treking. Dogs in every village. Don't think we could have gone with a better group!! Ate freshly cooked popcorn (cooked by the boys) whilst talking to Andrew. Walked down to the main village and met the LAST Fuzzy Wuzzy Angel, Mr. Ovuru Ndiki. He's 106 years old!!! We all shook his hand and his grandson Joel, talked to us about Mr. Ndiki's war experiences. He told some stories and then recited a poem. Next we paid 10 Kina to take photos with Mr. Ndiki. I was very excited. When we got back to the camp site we had dinner; mashed taters, snags and vegie stew with scones. The scones were 1 Kina each and made by the villagers. They were still warm!! After dinner some of the village children came up to us and sang some songs. We had to each pay 5 Kina but it was worth it and how the kids raise money for there school and families.They had such beautiful voices. I wish I could sing like that. There were 20 children ranging in age from 5 to 15 years old. I even got to dance with them.

Posted by avoca 17:00 Archived in Papua New Guinea

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