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Guam Travel

Note: I had the opportunity to briefly revisit this beautiful island again in Feb. 2019.

Here are my pics: Guam vacation pics - Feb. 13-15, 2019

...and here is my video: Guam vacation video - Feb. 13-15, 2019


My love affair with the island of Guam started about 35 years ago when a friend of mine was stationed there in the U.S. Navy. Gary is a musician who now lives in San Diego, but while in Guam he played his guitar & mandolin in the Tree Bar at the Hilton Guam Resort. And because he comes from San Antonio, he was billed as "Gary from Texas."

Well, as you can imagine, after all the picture postcards and wonderful stories from this beautiful Pacific island paradise, I knew I had to add Guam to my must-see list and knew that sooner or later I'd travel there.

Regrettably, it wasn't until March 2007 when I finally got my boots on the ground there. But Guam touched my soul in such a profound way, and especially since I could stay there for only 3 days, I'd go back again in a heartbeat.

Two Lovers Point from Gogna Beach
Two Lovers Point from Gogna Beach

Red-eye Flight from Japan

Thanks to my loyal patronage of Air Canada through the years from flying back to Houston, they awarded me with a free airline ticket to Guam. Because of the strange scheduling though, I was routed through Kansai International Airport in Osaka and didn't arrive in Guam until the ungodly hour of 2:05 a.m.

Mt. Lamlam, the "World's Tallest Mountain"

Since it was a tad late to check into a hotel, after I rented a car I drove down to the south part of the island and parked near the trailhead for Mt. Lamlam, Guam's tallest peak.

At a height of only 1332 ft. (406 m), we're not talking about scaling Mt. Everest here, but the locals point out that Mt. Lamlam is indeed the world's tallest mountain, as measured from the bottom of the nearby Marianas Trench, the deepest point in any ocean at 35,827 ft (10,920 m) and hence the lowest known elevation on the surface of the planet.

After catching a few hours of shut-eye in my rental car, I got up around 6 and started hiking up Mt. Lamlam to catch a breathtaking sunrise from the top of the world around 6:30. Please have a look at these pics in my Guam travel album below.

Ritidian Point

Without question, my all-time favorite spot in Guam was Ritidian Point at the far northern tip of the island. Right next to Andersen Air Force Base, it has the prettiest long beach and strikingly beautiful blue water I think I've ever seen. The only other place I've ever seen that even comes close is Banzai Cliff in Saipan.

Ritidian Point by J.R. Manuel
Ritidian Point
(courtesy of J.R. Manuel)

Ritidian Point is also a wildlife refuge which is home to endangered fruit bats and sea turtles, and they were just in the process of opening up a Visitors Center at the time I visited.

Guam Pictures

OK I'll admit, I'm not the best photographer in the world, partly because I've always been pretty conservative (read: cheap) in how many $ I was willing to fork over for equipment. But what I've found thru the years is it also has a lot to do with just being lucky enough to be at the right place at the right time.

I love the out-of-doors, and so sometimes I do get lucky. I hope you have a chance to check out & enjoy my Guam travel pics linked below.

You can view my entire Guam Travel photo set here.

Google Guam Map

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I have many more things to say about this wonderful place called Guam, so please check back again soon as I add more details about Japanese weddings and plans to relocate 20,000 U.S. Marines and their dependents here from Okinawa, Japan.


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