Ternate - Desperately seeking the Duyfken, in the footsteps of Wallace.

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October 12th 2014
Published: October 16th 2014
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Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover. - Mark Twain. I was curled up on the captains bunk on the Duyfken on night watch trolling scuba forums when I saw the trip advertised. Long Tales, Tall Shadows, di... Read Full Entry

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Nutmeg and MaceNutmeg and Mace
Nutmeg and Mace

The red membrane over the nutmeg inside the fruit is mace.
Print on Wall at Villa MarasaiPrint on Wall at Villa Marasai
Print on Wall at Villa Marasai

History happened here and it is not forgotten.
Irridescent blue beetle through my window paneIrridescent blue beetle through my window pane
Irridescent blue beetle through my window pane

Ok, not a good pic but amazing the color and metallic sheen on this guy...impressive size too.

16th October 2014
Tidore and Makian islands

Rich treasure!
Buried treasure, buried history, encountering the invisible grave of the original Little Dove (the European discoverer of your homeland) and being on the island that inspired Wallace that inspired Darwin and your uni studies. How wise that you threw off the bowlines and set sail on this rich course of discovery! I'll remember Ternate next time I eat cinnamon and clove.
18th October 2014
Tidore and Makian islands

Thank you Tara
Lots more to come..this really ended up being an epic adventure. I dont think i will ever eat spices again without smelling Ternate. I guess its pretty geeky going in search of a bio geologist and looking at rocks but Wallace left an amazing if unrecognized legacy.
16th October 2014

Reaching life's necessary destinations
T'was meant for you to be a pirate Cindy...to be a member of the crew of the replica Duyfken...to search for the grave of the original Little Dove. T'was meant to be...t'was an appropriate quest...t'was appropriate you fulfilled your destiny.
18th October 2014

A Quest..now I like the sound of that..how piratey
Thank you Dave, I often said throughout this trip that it felt like the ghost of Wallace was following me there and the Duyfken was daring me there. Sometimes, things come out of the blue and you never know until afterwards that you were given a call from destiny. And now, me hearty, I shall need a new quest..mm..let me think about that and get back to you. Or fate might take me on one. Thanks for your kind comments.
17th October 2014

As a long time Duyfken tragic your adventure to Ternate the last resting place of the Duyfken would have been quite sad. But looks like you had a real good time.
17th October 2014

Thank you Bob :)
Trust me, I wished You, Gail, Andrew, Mirjiam Frank and Ellie and everyone could have been there - thought of you all standing up there.
17th October 2014

Amen sister!
I live by that Mark Twain quote, or at least try to. After visiting Zanzibar's spicy island, I am spice obsessed! Thanks for the great blog mate.
18th October 2014

You got it Andrea ;}
Yes, a well known over used quote, but seeing the Duyfken was as much a part of this trip it seemed appropriate to use it. Except the Duyfken would never have got me there in time and people would be unhappy about a missing ship.
18th October 2014

Diving Passion!!!!!
Indeed...sail away from that safe harbor my friend. You do, you did, you will. Visions of the spice trade, false teeth shops are always nearby the betel nut. We always love a blog with a bit of history and a bit of adventure. Thanks for delivering. OMG, look out she's got a canon. Waiting for more..........
18th October 2014

Thank you my friend!
There was certainly no lack of adventure..we even found the boat named Adfenture in Ternate..it was one of those trips that just grew more epic every day. A very very special part of the world.
18th October 2014
Tidore and Makian islands

From one geek to another
Your blog sent me to research Wallace, and how his name should be placed with and as revered as Darwin's. Thanks for the lesson. I'm an amateur geologist, so I love your rock references. You mentioned glassy, black rock--was it obsidian? I remember the climb up to walking on a glacier in Patagonia and seeing rhyolite for the first time and being blown away. Rocks rock!
19th October 2014
Tidore and Makian islands

Aww thanks Tara :)
Unfortunately not obsidian as obsidian forms when the magma flow rapidly cools - these were rhyolite. If they were obsidian the gem workers on Hamlahera would have quickly taken them and turned them into rings and necklaces. Basic basaltic lava flow but i did notice some really cool limestone lacework creeping onto the rocks in the water...how I would have loved to dive down there!

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