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Federated States of Micronesia: Tamilyog Trail

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Tamilyog Trail | Federated States of Micronesia | Oceania

[Visited: January 2016]

Walking towards the airport from Colonia, we soon find a big marker on our right, and take the turn. Initially a kind of track, it soon turns into a trail. This used to be a trail connecting the east and west side of Yap, and for a while, was no longer used after the road around the island was constructed, which is a faster connection when you have a vehicle. It was recently re-established, to connect people with their roots: the island, its nature, and traditions. After walking under the trees and passing some huts, we soon walk in the open, through plantations with partly burnt pandanus trees. A gradual climb brings us higher and gives us better views: we can see the coastline on the east side of the island.

Picture of Tamilyog Trail (Federated States of Micronesia): Eastern part of the Tamilyog Trail

A little higher up, we reach the viewpoint which is one of the highest points on this side of the island, and which was once used to spot enemy war canoes arrive from afar, which allowed the Yapese time to get ready to defend themselves against the invaders. Nowadays, the viewpoint naturally gives sweeping views over the island, both the west, south, and east side, and the rolling green hills at our feet. From here, the Tamilyog trail descends on the west side of Yap. Soon, we walk on what used to be a stone path, the traditional trails forming a network connecting all villages on the island. We pass a house with a friendly woman chatting a little, and continue on the stone path. Some parts are covered in grass, giving the path a romantic look. Some parts are steeper than others, but on this side, the Tamilyog trail runs through forest, and patches of bamboo. There are no views anymore.

Picture of Tamilyog Trail (Federated States of Micronesia): Section with stone path on the Tamilyog Trail

The trail descends until it reaches the road running on the west side of Yap. We see that it continues on the other side of the road, but instead, we turn right to walk to Okeu. A few days later, I will be back on this road, and take the last stretch of the Tamilyog trail. Unlike the main stretch of the trail, this part is more messy; the stone path twists and turns around houses and private properties. I had hoped to get a good view of sunset at the west coast, but when I reach the end of the trail, I find myself among mangrove trees and can only continue climbing over the trees and avoiding the mangrove crabs. I turn around, concluding that the main stretch of the Tamilyog trail is the most beautiful.

Picture of Tamilyog Trail (Federated States of Micronesia): View towards the east from the top of the Tamilyog Trail
Picture of Tamilyog Trail (Federated States of Micronesia): Rocky part on the west side of the Tamilyog Trail
Picture of Tamilyog Trail (Federated States of Micronesia): Stone path part of the Tamilyog Trail
Picture of Tamilyog Trail (Federated States of Micronesia): Tamilyog Trail near the top of a hill
Picture of Tamilyog Trail (Federated States of Micronesia): Upper part of the Tamilyog Trail

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