Today I took three of my grands to Piti and Agat to view some of the WWII artifacts. If you go to the Piti Mayor’s 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 American’s 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.
I took my grands to the Talofofo Waterfalls today. We are doing field trips or being tourist each week until I go to the states and then hopefully before school starts for them. I was a tour guide many years ago and an elementary teacher and enjoy telling others about our beautiful island.
We left Mangilao and went through Yona into Ipan. As you are leaving Ipan if you look up at the end of the cliff you can see the turtle touching noses with the hound. It is a natural configuration that is fun to find and point out.
At the top of the hill we stopped and checked out Talofofo Bay and some pictures were taken. My camera is broken so the grands were taking the pictures. We had a rain cloud breeze in so did not stay very long as no one wanted to get wet and then sit in a cold car. At the bottom of the hill we stopped to check out the Talofofo River Cruise schedule as that is one of the trips we will be taking.
We arrived in Malojloj and turned down the road to Talofofo Falls Park which is in Dan Dan where the old Satellite Tracking Station was. The park is very commercialized but also much easier to access than when I first arrived on Guam and had to walk up the river from Talofofo Bay.
If you can show a Guam drivers licence the cost is $12. for adults and $6. for children under 11 of which I had three. There is a gondola from near the entrance down to the falls and then a walk around the falls which the girls had no trouble with. Grandma (me) was careful to hang on to the railing while going up and down the "stairs" and then there were the rope bridges to cross. Oh boy, the girls hopped across to make them bounce. I waited until they were across and then carefully walked. They were patient.
There is a small souvenir shop with cold drinks and we each got something because we were hot and sweaty. Then we went through their "walk through time" room that showed what someone thought happened in ancient times through to modern. Explain to 10 year olds that all people enslaved others through out history, not just the white man against others. Then came the Japanese occupation... One of my grands is half Japanese. War is not good, people in war can be very bad, it makes no difference what you skin color is.
We then walked to Yokoi's cave. This Japanese soldier hid out in the jungle from 1944 to 1972 when he was finally captured and returned to Japan as a hero. He had not been sure the war was over and was afraid of what might happen to himself.
Yes, I walked all the way to the cave and back. We could have taken their "train" but choose not to. The sign said 150 meters. It had to be much longer than that because I know how long a 100 meter pool is. We got back to the gondola went up to the top. The teen went into the haunted house and the other girls rode the big swing that really lifts off the ground.
We had a late lunch at Jeff's Pirates Cove. They have Greek food available for those who want to eat wisely.
Anyway it was a great trip well worth taking.
Those of you on island if you have not gone to the falls go it is well worth your time and money.
I have had a sore throat and cough for over three weeks. One doctor gave me something for my cough which really did not help. Another thought it might be allergies and gave me a nasal spray. Today I was given an antibiotic and exrays to check my lungs. The problem has been in the throat and does not seem to be in the lungs at all but the doctor wants to be sure.
The scary thing is at night I will wake up unable to get a breath. The first time it happened I was not sure if I was going to die. After gasping a few times what ever was in the way of my air passage broke loose and I was able to breath again. This has happened several times and was one of the reasons I saw the doctor a week ago. It does not happen every night but...
Also, not sure how much my thyroid is affecting this because it causes my body temperature to be out of whack. Often times it will be 97.6 in the morning and then 99.6 in the afternoon. It was 99.3 when I went in for my appointment so after I mentioned this doctor said, "Oh, its not fever related then." and I told her, no. I also told her I had been up early and already had taken a nap today. (My appointment with her was at 12:30 so go figure.)
Anyway I am going to survive and I hope feel better soon.
This is in answer to some questions I have been asked. If you have more questions let me know.
I came to Guam in August of 1964. At that time Marine Drive, now Marine Corps. Drive, was a two lane road from Naval Station to Andersen Air Force Base. It is now a five lane highway. There was one stop light on the island. Only a few years before the road had been extended all the way around the island. People use to have to go from Merizo to Umatac via Agana.
We did have television that aired shows a week late that were taped in California and shipped over. If the mail system failed then they came in two weeks later. There was two TV stations, one commercial and the public broadcasting. Now we have several commercial stations and the public with cable available through out the island as long as the power is on.
We still have villages instead of towns although I would say Dededo is really a city and some of the other villages probably are also.
Agana, the capital is now Hagatna, with Adalupe Elementary now used for the Governor and staff instead of the government building across from the old police station which is now the “lock up” with most of the police offices elsewhere.
There were no hotels in Tumon when I came. I watched the first ones built. Now there are a lot and some very nice parks around them.
Several of you have asked how I came to Guam. I hope this answers at least some of your questions. It may answer more than you want to know. Sorry.
I came to Guam in August ’64 to go to college for two years and then go with my eldest sister and her three teenage daughters around the world. At least that was the plan at 19 almost 20 years old. The College of Guam had gotten its four year accreditation a few years before so this was a way to fulfill my dream of becoming a teacher.
Best made plans of mice and men can soon go asunder. The second semester I was here a young man walked into the classroom of our new class. A little over a year later we married and eventually had three sons. We lived in what is now called Chuuk, Pohnpei and as well as Saipan but eventually divorced.
In ’73 I came back to Guam with my sons and enrolled in the University of Guam getting my degree in December ’75 and started teaching in the Guam Public Schools in January ’76.
One of the things that had occurred during this time was I fell in love with the islands especially Guam. I like being warm and I like the friendliness of my adopted home. Guam is an US territory so our students pledge to the American flag and there is a great deal of patriotism on the island.
I taught for over 30 years and retired. This is where I plan to stay. Two of my sons and their families are here and one son is on Saipan. Thanks to one of my sons I have been able to travel and visit siblings, nieces and nephews and cousins in Oregon and Washington where most of my family is now located. I have also been able to visit friends all over the nation.
I enjoy traveling but especially enjoy coming home.
Thanks to SP the traveling has gotten easier. One of my pluses is I no longer need the seat belt extension at least on flights from Guam.