Late last week it finally worked out for me to get to Esrotnamba.  Its a beautiful area of Papua not to far from Nabire.  It’s a large lake located at about 720′ above sea level.  Apparently crocs live there which surprised me as to the elevation and isolation of the area.  The bonus from what I understand is the crocs make for good eating.  And the other bonus besides being incredibly beautiful there are no mosquito on the villages side of the lake.  Verified by other visitors.  The lake is surrounded by mountainous terrain that not only is covered with jungle but also has a profile similar to this picture of a porous rock found on google


I have no idea how the locals hike over terrain so extreme.  It’s likely why there wasn’t much outside contact until a couple years ago when the float plane first flew in there.  I didn’t get very many photos on this trip but I will be sure to have my gopro ready for the next time in there.  Here are a few good shots from the trip.  looking forward to the next time I have the privilege of flying here and serving the people of Esrotnamba.  The pictures don’t do it justices so you really just need to come for a visit and have me take you there.  I know easier said than done.  Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from our family to yours.

Here is a video that was made a couple years ago about the ministry in Esrotnamba.

The Beach Get Away

Well after only living on a tropical island for 8 months Franklin and I finally made it to a beach or two.  The rest of the family though are still waiting for their turn.  Wednesday morning Franklin and I headed out on our adventure, only a couple delays of road construction and some medium volume traffic and 3ish hours we arrived at our first beach represented in most of the pictures to follow.  We also ended up staying the night there as well in a quaint little room.  The bed was a little short for me but I got a few hours of sleep.  Unfortunately I can’t upload videos of descent quality but we I came home with several hours of some great video shots including a sunset and sunrise.  I haven’t previewed all of the video yet but the few samples I’ve looked at turned out pretty good.  So I can’t share the videos via our blog but I can share some of the pictures that were taken on our trip.
Sebelah Barat Pantai Siung
Siung Beaches West Side

First time on a beach in the South East Asia

Sebelah Timor Pantai Siung
Siung Beaches East Side

Facing South.

Exploring the west side of the beach

Still in Awe

Exploring the east side of the beach.  The wave on the left edge of the picture takes this poor fisherman for a swim.

Front window/door of the local dinner.

Beach number 2 ahead.  No sand at this one but people living and working the ocean here as well.

Beach number 3.  Again no sand but a cool little water fall that some kids were playing beneath.

I think this was taken at the 3rd beach as well.

From atop sunset point back at the first beach.

Hanging out waiting for the sunset.

What a beautiful sunset it was.

Full or almost full moon.

Looking down at the beach from atop the nearest hill to the east catching the sunrise.

Rainbow from the sunrise against a rain shower out at sea.

Our quaint room for the night.

Beach number 4 which we briefly stop at on the way home Thursday morning.

All and all the trip was a great time had by both myself and Franklin.  I was a bit worried he wouldn’t enjoy himself but he did well even the 6 hours or so on the back of the bike there and back.  Hope to get the rest of the family to these beaches or maybe a different one soon.  Julie, Isaac, and Jaclynn did well studying hard while Franklin and I played in the sand.