The 2013 calendar for Sadie’s Hotels in American Samoa is being printed this week. Here's a sneak preview of the front and back cover and a few sample pages. This year’s calendar is comprised of the best scenic photographs I’ve take of these stunning islands. Breath taking hikes (literally) over the mountains and through the jungles of Tutuila discovered many of the images. The September photograph of Pago Pago Harbor was taken from the top of Mount Alava in the National Park. A few trails are so steep that ladders and ropes have been installed to assist hikers and fortunately there are no snakes or man-eating predators in the region. Near the equator light plays off lush vegetation, vertical mountains and wild coastlines with an intensity that leaves a lasting impression on the soul. The full impact can only be experienced in person, while the photographs hopefully tempt you to visit.
In upcoming posts I’ll reveal the best and goofiest of American Samoa. While the scenery is stunning, there are some things you might need to know before you travel. Or just go, if you like surprises you won’t be disappointed. I’ll also post a map that shows where the calendar images were taken. All travelers will find something of interest. Navigating the wilds of American Samoa requires fitness and diplomacy. Some areas require permission, but a few of the photographs were taken along the main road, easily visible from an air-conditioned vehicle.
Tom Drabble, the owner of The Sadie Thompson Inn and Sadie’s by the Sea produces a calendar each year. I'll post information about where to purchase 2013 calendars soon.