hiking

Things To Do In Guam: Tarzan Falls

 

I went on the quick, muddy hike to Tarzan Falls a couple of months ago. Once you spot the multiple pairs of shoes hanging from the power lines, you’ve arrived! Even though this is an extremely easy hike, try to stay on the path because there are sudden drops and lots of mud. At one point, I had to crouch and slide down a muddy hill because I had absolutely no traction on my shoes. I stepped in mud that came up to my ankle! Definitely bring your hiking boots, bug spray, sun block, water and a swim suit. Although, the water looked a bit too murky for me so I decided not to swim.

During the hike, Peter and I were talking about how all our friends and family back home think we’re living in some jungle, 3rd world country with crazy animals. We then started talking about the animals in Guam, including wild boars and what to do if we come across one. While I was laughing and mocking my friends (sorry!) I heard a rustling in the bushes. It sounded like it was getting closer and following me. I slowly turned around and saw a large bush moving wildly. I froze in my place as an animal jumped out of the bushes and came racing toward me! I yelled for Peter! At first I couldn’t recognize it, but as the animal came pouncing closer I realized….it was just a happy dog! I felt pretty stupid. My legs were shaky after that!

I’m from Oregon, so I’ve seen some really beautiful waterfalls. Tarzan Falls is very tame compared to the other falls I’ve seen. Still beautiful, the surrounding jungle just adds to its beauty.

I recommend this hike to everyone. If you visit Guam, this is a must see! ūüôā

Things to Do in Guam: Talofofo Falls

From Tumon, it was kind of a long drive; kind of cheesy; and kind of tourist-y, but it still can be a ton of fun! As we walked to the entrance, a group of pigs gathered for feeding time. Of course, I had to have my photo taken with them! Guam has wild pigs that charge at people, and these are the closest I plan on ever getting to wild pigs. To enter the park, it will cost you $12 per person. The price includes a ride on a cable car with an extraordinary view of the jungle, river and waterfall. We’d heard that there was an area for swimming and a rope that you can swing off of and jump into the water. We came prepared to swim, unfortunately, it was closed off to swimmers and with good reason. The water looked like a chocolate milk brown, very uninviting.

To get to the rest of the park, we had to cross a suspension bridge which led to the top of the falls and the museum. Don’t expect to be moved by a wealth of knowledge, the museum looked like it was put together by a middle school student for a class project. It did have air conditioning, which was much needed after the walk through the jungle. I found the “Legend of Chamorro” to be nice and further into the jungle was the story of Yokoi Shoichi, the Japanese soldier from WW2 who hid in the jungle for 28 years!

If you’re not too impressed with waterfalls or you’ve already seen beautiful waterfalls, I’d say skip this adventure. The cable car ride was worth it to me because of the view.

Finally, we ended the day visiting another small park called “Love Land,” which we thought was just going to be a park full of pretty flowers. It wasn’t until AFTER I’d walked through it did I realize why all the signs said, “19 and older only.”¬† To our surprise “Love Land” turned out to be a pornographic statue park! Oddly, “Love Land” was randomly placed right next to a children’s theme park.

Happy Thanksgiving!

Not long after I arrived, I celebrated my first holiday on Guam. It was definitely a non-traditional Thanksgiving this year; although, I did have a turkey sandwich from Winchell’s. While families were barbecuing at the beach, I hiked to the top of Mount Lamlam. Located south of Tumon, on a very hot day, I began my journey with a motorcycle ride down to the hiking spot. From the bottom it looked steep and rugged but, surprisingly, it was quite easy. The humidity was intense that day and the mosquitoes were aggressive. The path, at times hard to decipher, led through jungle and then open pastures with tall grass. At the time of my hike, the ground was very misleading. It looked solid but with each step it crumbled beneath my feet.  While walking through the jungle areas, I imagined a crazy-looking jungle animal leaping out at me and taking me away to its hole in the ground. Midway through the hike there was an area off of the path that led to a mini grotto with Virgin Mary statues and Rosaries galore. The area was covered by rock, vines and palm trees. It was very beautiful and serene…until the mosquitoes attacked.  Every-so-often small, white crosses lined the path and provided somewhat of a guide to the top. The crosses represented the Stations of the Cross. Upon reaching the top, there were an assortment of larger crosses clustered together on one side and all around was the most incredible view of the island.  At the end of the day I had about 20 mosquito bites and beautiful photographs of my first adventure.