|(While exploring for caves, we wandered down onto the coastline. Fun but|
the ocean kept threatening to try and wash us out for a swim!)
So why Guam? A lot of people asked me that the past few months, especially since I had to leave a wonderful job at Hope to head off into the wilderness. Perhaps the best answer, and the one that will remain true for us on most questions like this, is the one George Leigh Mallory gave in 1924 to the New York Times. When asked why he would go off and pursue being the first to climb Mount Everest, risking life and limb, his response was succinct. "Because it is there." While Mallory paid the ultimate price in hopes of climbing the world's tallest mountain, we use the same response for answering the 'whys' when asked.
|(That gives the basic location)|
Hafa Adai! Hafa Adai (pronounced "hoffa day") is "hello" for Marianas (the island chain Guam is located in) Native Chamorro language. It's used more or less the same way as "aloha" is used as a greeting on the Hawaiian Islands and the people are super friendly so far. Ok, enough info for now. Pictures and a few with stories of what is behind the photo.
|(Sarah is posing by what are called lattes. Not the kind you drink silly. These are ancient structures the original Chamorro people would build to support certain important structures. Now one can see latte statues around as memorials to the native way of the Chamorro lifestyle. I like to imagine them full of tasty hot joe)|
|(We made it down the hike and into the caves. This one has a nice underground swimming pool in it!! In total darkness unless you bring your head lamp. Gollum?? He wasn't there but next time we are taking our second head lamp because Sarah likes to turn it off and then just stand there to freak me out. No thank you. We wadded in water just to about our waste until you get to this little pool, making our way through the cave in water, and then you can swim with your feet not touching the ground. A really special place!)|
|(With the flash you can see how beautiful the cave pool really was - even though when Sarah turned out the lights you cannot see any of this! So crystal clear)|
|(I had to add one more photo from the cave wanderings in the water. It was pretty fantastic even though it scared me. The photos with the flash really showed the beauty even more than the small head lamp could by itself)|
|(So we get to hang out with these "savages" as their dad calls them while in Guam. Evie and Wesley. Pretty fun crew. This pic was taken while watching a little bit of Hercules. When I'm not ninja fighting with little man (he loves the ninja turtles and is always saying "fight me"), the princess gives Sarah and me drawings and helps me take down the little man)|
|(A little bit of a blurry shot but it shows the hike down the side of a cliff we took to go in search of a cave where we could wander and even swim?? Some nice folks had put up some rope for people who would come after them. Sweet)|
|(A Spanish plaza built to commemorate the one the Spanish built here a long long time ago. Pretty cool. There used to be a palace but now just a few porticos and such. Cannons. Cool. Beautiful park)|
|(We turned the head lamp off and took a pic. I would have kept working to get one where the water could be seen behind us but it was already about as much as I could do to take one like this. I kept figuring when I looked it later we would see some creature behind us creeping up to get us! I think I would rather have one or two other people with us for caving. So who wants to come? Come on!)|