Easter Island in the South Pacific is best known for its moai, the mysterious giant stone heads that are known around the world. It also happens to be the spot that is furthest from any other land on Earth.
My son Michael and I spent a week there, among the moai, in and around the three volcanoes that ring the island. Mysterious doesn't begin to describe the powerful effect of this place. Hauntingly exotic, and a really good place to put things into their proper perspective.
In the middle of the Great Ocean, in a region where no one ever passes, there is a mysterious and isolated island; there is no land for more than eight hundred leagues in any direction, empty and moving vastness surrounds it. It is planted with tall, monstrous statues, the work of some now vanished race, and its past remains an enigma."
-Pierre Loti, 1872