7 Mar 2014
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24 Feb 2014
Off the shore of Agat, about 45 feet underwater, rests the amtrak. This personnel carrier, sunk in WWII, was part of the U.S. invasion force that stormed Guam in 1944. I had a surreal moment as I hovered there and took this picture, wondering how many American soldiers were in the amtrak when it was sunk, how many lost their lives, how many mothers saw their boys come home.
18 Feb 2014
Rick and Melanie are both physician’s assistants in Atlanta, Georgia and met each other at work. After falling in love, their conversations turned towards how much they’d both like to leave the big city for a simpler, quieter way of life. When Melanie got an email about a new position in Guam, she was already pregnant with their first child and decided to recommend Rick, who got the job. Now they’re off to Guam to live a less stressful life where Rick gets to work fewer hours and spend more time at home.
More: Keep Guam and Carry On
20 Jan 2014
After a grueling day in the water Saturday (5 confined dives and 2 open water dives, all in surging, choppy ocean waters), yesterday I completed 2 more open water dives and I’m proud to say I’m now a PADI certified open water diver.
A couple of thoughts from a newborn certified diver: Diving completely frees my mind from everything but what’s in the water. I need more of that. Also, finding that neutrally buoyant sweet spot where you neither sink nor rise is the closest thing I can imagine to being suspended in outer space. It’s so peaceful.
My father was an avid free diver and spear fisher back in his day. When I told him I was certified he wrote, “You are so so so lucky. My best days will always be about the ocean…never ever enough. I don’t need to catch fish–just being there is pure peace. Enjoy it.”
I am my father’s daughter.
If you’re interested in scuba diving in Guam, I highly recommend signing up with Micronesian Divers Association (MDA). It takes less than a week to get certified–you have to attend two classes (book work) and then do two days of diving. There is an option to do the book work online but, having experienced both methods, I would persuade you to go to the classes. So much information comes up during class discussion that you won’t benefit from working solo online, and it’s nice to meet new people and get to know your classmates. Each class was only about two hours long and you only meet twice before the actual diving. The cost is $169 and the only equipment you’ll need to purchase separately is a mask, snorkel, boots and fins.
The actual diving part, where you learn the skills and scenarios and execute them properly at the surface as well as underwater, is not exactly a walk in the park but it’s not that difficult, either. The first full day of diving was exhausting and, truth be told, I felt seasick right before the very last dive of the day and threw up. But I was determined to finish with everyone and powered through (somewhat miserably). I guess what I’m saying is, if I can do it, you most certainly can.
Make the time and go for it. PADI certification doesn’t expire so once you complete the course you’ll be an Open Water Diver for life.
18 Nov 2013
(overheard at the bar)
Guy 1: Hey man, where’re you from?
Guy 2: Georgia.
G1: How long have you been on island?
G2: About three months.
G1: Yeah, the first six months, you can’t wait to get out of here. But then you start getting around and meeting really good people and you find out there’s a lot of really cool things about Guam. In a year you’ll be thinking about extending. Seriously.
22 Aug 2013
Get up, get out and do something fun in Guam. I gave you 10 ideas in my last post, here are 10 more.
8. Play mini golf. (Island Mini Golf Adventure)
7. Explore the ocean without getting wet. (Atlantis Submarines)
6. Feed some goats (and other things). (Guam Zoo)
4. Learn how to wind surf. (Pacific Islands Club)
2. Wipe out on the Flow Rider. (Tarza Water Park)
1. Go parasailing. (Ocean Jet Club)
14 Aug 2013
Get up, get out and do something fun in Guam. Here are 10 ideas.
10. Scream like a girl on the Manta Slide. (Onward Water Park)
9. Get on a horse and ride off into the sunset. (Sleepy Meadows Ranch)
8. Play Mario Kart for real. (Grand Prix Guam)
7. Get pushed down a really big hill. (Zorb Guam)
(Do the water one with your friends. So fun.)
6. Glide over the trees. (Zip Guam)
3. Dive with a bunch of sharks and stingrays. (Underwater World)
1. Jump out of a perfectly fine airplane. (Skydive Guam)