This should have been written before I left for the states but...
On Saturday morning I picked up my friend and we went to Piti for the hike to view the planned fishing platform and improvements on the Masso River that runs through Piti Village and into the reef that has had a lot of silt deposited into it because of fires and improper care upriver.
Below is a picture of my friend and I at the beginning of the hike.
A year ago I would not have been able to do this hike! Thanks to SP it was successful. We climbed aboard a bus to take us to the initial hiking spot and walked up river to view the dam and the silt that has filled in over the years.
Then we climbed a hill to view the valleys where the two rivers meet. The first picture shows that valley that has been burned over many times over the years and has a lot of sword grass. This part of the island is savannas with a lot of grass and few trees that has grown spread because of the multiple fires that have been set over the years. Burning this areas makes it easier for hunters but is not good for the soil which eventually runs into the reef.
The next picture shows the other valley with trees along the river.
Both rivers are very low at this point because it is the dry season but before the rains started we actually had a drought.
The picture below shows the excavation that has gone on to clear the dam area.
We returned to the road and crossed it, saw the culvert that ran under the road and then walked through a shady wood and back to where the cars were parked.
The last picture shows some of the hikers going through a bamboo thicket.
I will enjoy going back and seeing the completed project and perhaps watching some of the children fishing from the platform that will be made.
I flew into Portland, OR, about 8:30 in the evening on June 29th. It was clear with a few clouds around the mountains. I was sitting on the left side of the plane by the window and saw the Three Sisters, then Mt. Jefferson and finally Mt. Hood. They were beautiful! As we neared Mt. Hood I realized I could take a picture of it. Most pictures we see of Mt. Hood are from Portland, thus from the west looking east. This picture is from the north looking south. We flew down the Columbia River which is the normal flight path for the planes coming from the east. This was after flying for about 19 hours not counting airport waiting times. It had been a long day!
After I took the picture of Mt. Hood I realize I could get Mt. Jefferson and perhaps the Sisters so I angled the camera to the left and took another shot. You can see them if you look carefully. Mt. Jefferson is closer and then the tips of the Sisters are in the background.
Oregon so often is cloud covered and rained in that these shots are rare.
Today I was to take the grands around the island. We started south and one of the girls lost some of her breakfast. I thought it might be because she was hot. We stopped at a Mom & Pop's store and got cold drinks then went across the road to the Chamorro Cultural Center and were given a tour of an older home that was built in 1901 that has ifit wood floors that were hand scrubbed and buffed with a coconut shell until they were glossy.
Went back across the road and were shown how they use to make salt from the sea, the girls grated coconut, saw how to make coconut milk, coconut oil and coconut candy. We also watched and held the horn so we could see how to make rope from the "skin" of the Pago plant (wild hibiscus). There is an old oven for baking bread and other items.
There was a carabao that they use for riding but the owner was not there. I wanted a picture with the girls. the carabao was more aggressive than I realized it would be and bruised the leg of one of the girls. She ended up being backed against a tree that was within its rope length an it hit her with its horn.
When we left the culture center we stopped at the Catholic Church and went in to see all the stained glass windows. It is very much like the Spanish/Mexican ones.
We did get as far south as Merizo and ate a late lunch.
Because it was 2:00 by the time we finished eating and the girls really wanted to go swimming we did not visit the cave I wanted to go to and returned north. On the way one of the grands got sick in the car when were were almost at the home we planned to swim at. I cleaned up everything called her mom and found out she had been sick in the morning. So with three times it was decided to take her and her sister home without swimming. We plan to go next Tuesday afternoon when one of my son's is off and can act as lifeguard.
I am not sure of the name of the river that is being I will be hiking down with other interested people on Saturday, June 19th. I heard part of the information on the radio and got enough to decide to make the hike.
Meeting place is across from the Catholic Church in the park at 7:00 a.m., 8:00 a.m., 9:00 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. to be transported to the beginning of the hike. If people are unable to hike they can go in the bus and get out to listen to the information given at each of the key areas. There will be some very knowledgeable scientist that will give information about the fresh water fish and the flora and fauna on this river.
One of the things that is in the process of being made is a fishing platform for those who would like to do some fresh water fishing.
If you live on Guam this will be a great experience and an easy hike. Also, a trip to the Piti Cannons I wrote about last week will be available with people who are knowledgeable of this area.
There are other activities planned for the end of the hike and freebees will be given out. This is not a hard hike so younger children would enjoy it.
I am planning to go to the 9:00 a.m. hike. Hope to see some of you there.
Today I took three of my grands to Piti and Agat to view some of the WWII artifacts. If you go to the Piti Mayorís office on the left is the Catholic Church and next to it is the Community Center. Take the gravel/grass road next to the center and park near the sign that gives information about the gun site.
It is a bit of a climb with steps part of the way up the hillside/cliff to where the cannons are. There are some other large war pieces that you can see near the first gun. I did not walk over to that part but the girls did. There are a lot of leaves from the Mahogany trees on the ground which are slippery and could be dangerous if wet. I wish I had had a tall sturdy walking stick for balance. (I plan to get one!) The girls were fine.
These cannons were taken up there using coconut trunks and Chamorro labor to put them in. They were never used because the invasion occurred to fast but would have done a lot of damage if they had been used.
After Piti we went to the Memorial in Agat and climbed all over the hill and Pill Boxes there as well as played along the stream and ocean edge. This site was used against the Americanís and did a lot of damage to our men.
With Liberation Day coming July 21, these would be a couple of sites to see and remember that freedom is not free, someone pays for it.
I am giving a lot of details hoping that those who live here might want to check out the sites.