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Japanese Memorial, Park Life, and Pig Trails!

Hey everyone, hope you’re all having a great month! Just wanted to share some of my recent explorations in Guam. Starting with the South Pacific Japanese Memorial Park in Yigo. This shrine is in one of the buildings on the main part of the park.

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I’ve been here before but this time I wanted to see the Japanese caves. I took the stairs, which are covered by tree branches, down to the trail that leads to the caves. The trail also leads to a water well, that the Japanese soldiers built to collect water while living in the caves, and then out to the main area of the park.

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Below, shows the area where a Japanese general took his own life during WWII.

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Down in the lower part of the park where the Japanese caves are, we were surrounded by bamboo forests. They make a squeaking noise when the breeze moves them, it is a little eerie at times but so peaceful.

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On sunny days we go to the park! Sometimes when we don’t have time to go for a hike or leave Tumon, you can find me sitting at Ypao Beach Park in Tumon. I love reading, people watching, and feeling the sun on my skin.  Just enjoying my life. Occasionally there are people at this park making boats, like the one in the photo below.

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Finally, what started as a hike to explore more Japanese caves on Nimitz Hill ended with a swarm of mosquitoes attacking us. We hopped on the bike and drove off and around the corner to the trail that goes to Fonte Dam. We followed the trail all the way down until we couldn’t take the bike any further. Because it has been raining on-and-off these past few weeks, the trail was muddy.

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From there we hopped off and walked around a bit. There was this random bridge over a stream that allowed us to walk up some more. It was a pretty hot day so we just sat down, drank some water, and ate the snacks I packed.

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Of course I found LOTS of pig trails, and some dog prints too, that led to a muddy pool of water; I’m sure the pigs like to cool off in that puddle. Although, I would be terrified if I ever ran into a wild boar on a hike, I am always curious about them.

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Some of my best days in Guam have been exploring places where people don’t usually go. We have found a lot of wartime structures on random walks in the jungle. It’s nice to get away from the hustle and bustle in Tumon and see a different side of the island that not many people get to see.

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Things to Do in Guam: Get Dirty!

Over a year ago, Peter came home and said he found a dirt bike that he really wanted. Since it was his birthday and a really good deal for Guam, he bought this bright green used bike. At the time we had a scooter and maybe a car (I can’t remember). Since then, we now only have the dirt bike and it is our ONLY mode of transportation.

We’ve taken it out on a few expeditions like riding around this abandoned golf course in Barrigada. There are lots of cool, paved trails that are good for riding.

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We also explored the red dirt roads near Leo Palace.

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But the most memorable adventure was on Peter’s birthday (a couple of days after buying the bike). We packed up some snacks and drinks and headed out to Channel 10 to do some riding. It was during the rainy season, but hadn’t rained in a week or so. We thought everything would be dry and, for the most part, it was.

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The main road we were riding down was pretty dry; although, some of the side roads looked flooded. Suddenly our dry road turned into THIS! A huge puddle.

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We passed through it easily, but it wasn’t until we were headed back that we ran into trouble. We rode along the outside of the puddle and ended up getting stuck in mud on the left side. I jumped off the bike so that my weight wouldn’t pull the bike deeper in, but it was too late we were really stuck. Peter called me over to help unload everything and I stepped in ankle deep mud. Ugh! We worked for about 45 minutes trying to pull the bike out, I found an old plastic bumper and tried to wedge it under the tire, but the mud was sucking everything in. We decided to take a break, drink some gatorade and rest in the bushes. Peter called his friend in Oregon for some advice on how to get our bike out. He basically said you need to man handle that beast, and that’s just what we did. After over an hour of being stuck, we were free!!!! I was muddy from head to toe, but thankful that we were unstuck. I’m pretty sure Peter will never forget THAT birthday!

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Despite the horrible time we had with the mud, the view was gorgeous!