Following family conference we took a day to get ready and then the next morning we flew in an MAF Kodiak to the interior city of Wamena. We’d never spent more than a couple hours there so it was high time to visit for a lengthier period of time. We went on a Wednesday and came back on Monday. We stayed at the MAF guesthouse on the base there. It was so great to be able to spend time with our co-workers living up there. As Wamena is located in the Baliem valley in the mountains, the weather is much cooler. We sure enjoyed that for a change!
On Saturday we visited a Dutch family living a little ways off. They live at the bottom of some hills on which are patches of white sand. So the place is called “White Sands”. We had to hike through gardens, streams and tall grass to get to the top of the hills. It was quite an adventure and once at the top we had a great view.
There’s a book about a plane crash that happened near the Baliem Valley during WW2 called “Lost in Shangri-La”. It’s a very interesting story. Back then there were only Dani people living in the valley. Now there are people from all over the country living there along with an expat community. There’s even a mall!