The team sends a message on to New Greenland informing them of what they've found out, and also back to their leadership. Then they decide to proceed with their R&R, so they contact Phoenix's family. They dock at the high port above the system's main garden world and transfer down to the interface city via commercial shuttle.
The interface city is in fact the only real "city" on the planet, and the only one that contains high technology and that really welcomes outsiders. They spend a few days preparing. Phoenix's parents (Linda Ladybug and Bradford Bear) live in the town of Blue Lake, about 3600 miles away across the planet's main continent, about three weeks of travel by ATV over dirt roads. They rent and stock a 6-wheeled ATV with room to sleep six, and Cal buys a large quantity of trade goods and trinkets to take with them. They are allowed to take a single personal weapon each, but not their high-tech armor.
The most common religion on the planet is Truffula worship, where large Truffula Trees are planted in the centers of villages, and are used in some ways like may poles for various festivals and celebrations.
The planet has some high-tech communications; each sizable village has a communal satellite uplink, and probably also a communally owned ATV for long-distance travel, though livestock are the most common means of medium-distance transport.
They travel slowly, stopping to visit local villages whenever they can, but eventually reach the town of Red Wall (situated in a narrow gap through a wall of red rock that separates a wide area of foothills from a long high-altitude valley filled with alpine forests and farming communities), which is about 3 days travel from Blue Lake. There they look up Phoenix's uncle Silas Mariner, her mother's second cousin, and they're directed out to the Cliff Homestead where he lives with his logging team and family.
At the Cliff Homestead they meet Silas Mariner, his sister Rochelle Mariner (who isn't a lumber-worker, and lives with Silas, and has a leg injury, and who "used to live down in the green terrace lands", by which she seems to mean the foothills, where some terrace farming takes place), and his (current?) wife Jennie Walker. Apparently there's a previous (or other?) wife named Sara Risel who lives down in one of the valley towns with her and Silas's kids.
They hear a lot of family news. Her folks seem ok, but Linda is continuing to have problems related to aging. Phoenix's younger brother Samson Ladybug (this is a matrilineal society) seems to be doing well. Phoenix apparently once had a fight in which she attached her cousin Eric Reid Bear with a stick.
Cal persistently maintains a persona that might lead someone to believe he was a Humming Fish sympathizer. Eventually they tease out some clues or contacts, like Tara Walker, who is Jennie's sister and who apparently has been off world, and who knows things like there are people living out there in the stars with computers in their heads. Rochelle definitely seems suspicious of technology, while Silas seems to disapprove of the attitude and Jennie is quiet or ambivalent. They also hear about the Jemson Boys, who apparently are "techsters," whatever that means.
The next day they track down the Jemsons, where they find a family farmstead (they are ranchers) where the father has built a homemade long distance radio tower and local WIFI-type setup. Apparently the Jemsons believe some sorts of technology are ok, and they got plans and materials for the tower and built it themselves. It is a member of a wide-spread but thin data network that spreads across the planet. The father's name is Frank. He tells them that maybe Sally Merson, off the road at Pine Cliffs, owns one of the towers and might have a lot more information for them. He will send an introduction over the data net. They stay with the Jemsons long enough for Cal to learn to interpret, send, and receive data related to the data net.