It's a crisp November morning in Papua New Guinea, the second largest island nation in the world. Cliff and I have flown to Tari near the center of this land mass in a 4-seat, single-blade propeller plane. Feeling quite lucky to be alive after having braved a field landing, we're told that we'll soon be making the acquaintance of the Huli Wigmen. Who are these natives, and where do their wigs come from? I guess we'll find out in short order!
Cliff and I are on our second week of travel in Papua New Guinea. We've flown in a small 6-seater propeller plane from Karawari to Mount Hagen. There is no runway. The plane descends rapidly over a mountain crest and as we touch down I realize that the landing area has a fair sized incline.
It's early in the morning and we're cruising down the Karawari River in Papua New Guinea, stopping at villages along the way. Why do this by boat? Because there are no roads that connect any of these villages! This is the reason that 600 languages are spoken on this island off the coast of Australia.