Welcome to Guam, a small U.S. territory in the middle of the Pacific, inhabited by native Chamorros, American servicemen, and Japanese tourists.
First night we went to Chamorro Village, a weekly fair of Chamorro food and crafts. The only picture I got was this one of a carabao's ass. Carabao are a kind of water buffalo raised on the island. We also tried 'tuba,' a drink made from the sap of coconut palms.
The next we toured the island. It's only 35 miles long and 5 wide so it doesn't take to long. First stop, TwoLover'sPoint, where, legend has it, two young Chamorro lovers wanted to be closer together so they removed the spaces from the native written language.
Or maybe the story goes that their love was forbidden by the Spanish colonials so they comitted suicide together from the cliffs here. I don't remember which.
Part of the view from Two Lover's Point.
Tumon Bay from Two Lover's. Tumon is the main hotel/shopping/tourist district on Guam.
Reefs from above.
I wanted to do a Titanic style picture with Tim, but streams of Japanese families kept taking the right spot, so we settled for this.
Next we started our first 'boonie stomp.' Boonie stomping the the Gaumian term for hiking. This stomp was called Waterfall Valley.
Tricky descent to the first falls. Sadly, I missed the part where Tim was flailing around on the rope like a fresh caught fish.
The first falls.
The first fall Tim took into a large mud puddle.
The second falls.
After we cleaned Tim up, we continued our drive around the southern tip of the island. This is a latte, a stone used to mark the location of a chief's house in Chamorro culture.
The southern mountains of Guam. They're the highest points on the islands, topping out at about 1300ft.
It's a bird! It's a plane! It's a guy who fell in the mud earlier and wound up wearing this!
The next day we toured Anderson Air Force Base at the northern end of the island. Here's a B-52 flying over the base. Note the nice trail of black smoke coming out the back of the 40 year old plane.
These cliffs are the backdrop to one of the beaches that is on-base. The Air Force maintains this beach and provides lifeguards and a clubhouse for people to go relax at.
The beach at Ritidian Point, part of a national wildlife refuge. An extremely pretty beach with a reef that great for snorkeling. Except when we went there at an extremely low tide. There was a foot of water if you were lucky.
The beach again. This picture would have been much better but for the giant storm blocking the sun.
The storm in question.