Roger Lextrait: Eight years alone on South Pacific island
Posted On September 1, 2007
Amazing story from BoingBoing. Follow the link to the original.
Lextrait was born in France in 1946. He moved to the US at age 20 and opened 2 highly successful restaurants. He met the owners of Palmyra island in Honolulu in the early 1990’s when they were looking for a caretaker for the island. After 8 years, he returned to Honolulu, married and moved to Thailand. Great story.
The Private Islands blog has a story about Roger Lextrait, who lived practically alone on a small island in the South Pacific atoll of Palmyra for eight years.
Each day he woke promptly at 5AM, to the calling of a hundred thousand birds. Nowhere else on the planet do these creatures gather in such numbers. After fixing himself a Palmyra Cocktail (1 part Rum, 1 part Red Wine, 1 part Tang), he called up his radio contacts in Tahiti and Honolulu. A shower on the beach in his makeshift bathing system and he was ready for the day. The bath and latrine systems Roger built are still used today by the current research teams that visit the atoll for brief expeditions.