Guam. Influenza A virus subtype H5N1 tiny petty isle inwards the South Pacific, entirely xxx miles long, in addition to 12 miles wide, was the finally halt on our 3 yr Asian tour. We decided to brand a quick pit halt inwards Guam, en route to the States, because, well, who doesn’t honey a petty beach time?!
It was foreign boarding a van for the Narita International Airport knowing that nosotros would non provide whatsoever fourth dimension soon. Our fourth dimension inwards Nihon was complete.
One finally cardboard graphic symbol cutting out!
Also, a really pretty Japanese bento box on the flight. We were heading out inwards style!
Three hours later, nosotros made it! Though non truly home, it certain seemed similar it. The girls were amazed that the cab drivers in addition to customs agents spoke English. Our English!
After the stress of an across the basis move, in addition to weeks of proverb hard goodbyes, Guam was a skillful thought indeed!
The commencement 24-hour interval nosotros headed north, to Andersen Air Base, in addition to their individual beach. And individual it was! We had the identify to ourselves.
The shore was really rocky though, this was non the type of soft sand Beaches that I love. Water shoes were a must!
The girls loved exploring the creatures inwards the minor tide pools.
Rocks inwards lieu of sand.
But the rocky shore made for around fabulous snorkeling!
We passed a few wild boars on the side of the road, in addition to Matt decided that he truly liked his chances of surviving lone on this island. Good snorkeling=fish, in addition to boars=bacon, throw inwards around tropical fruit in addition to y’all convey a feast! (Maybe we’ve watched likewise many survival shows?)
We finally constitute a beautiful sandy beach, but it was closing only every bit nosotros arrived. There was entirely fourth dimension to snap a quick picture, but I wishing nosotros could’ve stayed.
And an eve walk along the shore, of course.
Most of our minute 24-hour interval was devoted to World War II history. I love WWII history! It was also cool to see a U.S. of A. National Park, thus far away from the mainland.
So how did Guam go a U.S. of A. Territory anyway? Here it is inwards a nutshell.
The museum was minor but really good done. Ranger Bob was friendly in addition to knowledgeable in addition to absolutely insisted that nosotros wearable these hats in addition to pose for a describe solid unit of measurement photo. So, y’all convey him to give thank y’all for this one! (#styledbyRangerBob? Or maybe, #fingercoveringthelens? You decide!)
On Dec 7, 1941, Nihon attacked Pearl Harbor. But did y’all know that Midway Island, Wake Island, Guam, the Philippines, Malaysia in addition to Hong Kong were also attacked on the really same 24-hour interval (or +1 alongside the International Date Line)? Looking at these locations on a map, it makes thus much feel strategically. Fascinating!
Here is around other cool fact. I had no idea!
Influenza A virus subtype H5N1 Japanese 2 individual submarine.
The adjacent halt was Naval Base Guam for to a greater extent than snorkeling. I must say, the U.S. of A. Navy owns around of the world’s most prime number existent estate!
Guam is covered alongside the remains of many state of war fortifications, nevertheless standing today.
We had heard of an amazing snorkeling topographic point on the Navy Base nicknamed the Castilian Steps. The argue for the name, was because the hike downwards to the H2O uses sometime steps built past times the Castilian settlers.
The xxx infinitesimal hike was fairly intense, alongside around parts having entirely ladders alongside a rope to help you. It was also was pretty much remove downwards for the improve purpose of the hike.
And the remains of the sometime steps.
Sandals were likely non the most appropriate hiking footwear, but nosotros carried on.
We eventually reached a apartment surface area consisting of dense, lush jungle.
The air was heavy in addition to humid. We enjoyed all the jungle critters, similar these crabs feasting on a coconut. I truly wishing this movie was non blurry, but y’all larn the idea.
When the jungle opened up, nosotros were standing inwards a breathtaking cove.
Protection from the choppy in addition to petroleum bounding main waves along alongside the rocky shore, made the perfect recipe for amazing snorkeling.
And, i time again, nosotros had the identify to ourselves!
The H2O was clear in addition to the temperature was that of privy water. We saw hundreds of varieties of fish without fifty-fifty moving. They came to us!
After getting our snorkeling fill, it was fourth dimension for the hike dorsum to the top.
Ella was desperate to go cave exploring. In sandals. Not today!
The mossy remains of the sometime Castilian well, built inwards the 1600’s.
After snorkeling in addition to around lunch, nosotros drove to the southern halt of the island. This beautiful beach was the site of i of the bloodiest battles inwards the Pacific. It was hard to fathom.
There was a reverence in that place to me. I thought almost the immature lives that were lost likewise soon, every bit my daughters played on that really shore without a aid inwards the world. Such a dichotomy.
On downwards the coast was the landing identify of the keen Castilian explorer, Ferdinand Magellan. Magellan was the commencement contact Guam had alongside the western world, in addition to he chop-chop claimed the isle for Spain.
The landing happened inwards this large cove,
in addition to the fortification was built on the top of the surrounding cliffs, making an ideal scenario for defense.
Whew, that was a lot of history for i day! We spent the eve spying on the hotel entertainment. I say spying, because nosotros did non truly desire to pay for the eatery buffet that included the show. It worked well!
Well, fifty-fifty every bit interlopers, the girls ran upward to the phase when volunteers were needed. Who could say no to 2 cute girls, or enquire if their parents truly paid?! The girls did a keen job!
And, the adjacent morning, i finally goodbye to the beach earlier our 24 hr trip to the States. Influenza A virus subtype H5N1 trip that started inwards Guam, dorsum to Japan, on to Seattle, in addition to thus finally to Salt Lake City where describe solid unit of measurement was anxiously awaiting our return.
Not a shabby persuasion every bit nosotros waited to board our plane, either!
Guam, a tiny petty isle inwards the middle of the South Pacific, rich inwards history in addition to keen snorkeling. Not a bad agency to pass a few days!