WooHoo!!! The Summer 5% challenge starts this Saturday July 4th. Not only will I be watching our annual 4th of July Parade (with safe distancing, masks etc.) and enjoying a BBQ lunch with family, I will be boarding a plane to the Easter Islands. On this trip I will be practicing drinking water and having a daily routine. I do want to see as much as I can on this trip so I cannot be lazy and let the day slip away!!! I also must stay hydrated as I explore the island.
Here is some fun facts about Easter Island -
Easter Island, also called Rapa Nui, is a Polynesian island in the Pacific Ocean.
The island became a special territory of Chile in 1888.
Easter Island is famous for having 887 massive statues, called moai, which were sculpted and erected by the early Rapa Nui people.
In 1995, Easter Island became a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with most of the island protected in the Rapa Nui National Park.
Polynesians are believed to have settled on the island around the first millennium AD. The thriving Rapa Nui people carved the large stone statues between 1100 -1680 AD and the population peaked at around 15,000 people during this time.
The introduction of Polynesian rats and overpopulation is believed to have led to deforestation of the native large broadleaf forests and palms and extinction of many natural resources such as native birds and seabirds. This led to internal warfare and the Rapa Nui civilization was reduced to just 2000-3000 people when the Europeans arrived in 1722. Diseases carried by sailors and Peruvian slave raiding caused the native population to fall to just 111 people in 1877.
The first recorded European visitor to the island, Dutch explorer Jacob Roggeveen called the place "Easter Island" because he arrived on Easter Sunday, 5th April, 1722.
The fun facts came from this website...there are some more fun facts in case you want to check it out for yourself.