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Spanish Steps

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The phone rang this morning at 8:30. “Spanish Steps is open and we’re going at nine. Do you want to come?” my friend Raquel asked. Of course I wanted to go. One, Spanish Steps is at Orote Point on the Navy base and I can’t get on base unless my supercool military friends hook me up. Two, I’ve heard that more often than not the entrance to Spanish Steps is closed to the public so I might not get a second chance to check it out.
I’m so glad I didn’t miss out on the chance. The place is awesome!
To get to the beach, you have to take a short hike down a cliff. There are ropes for support along the steepest parts of the descent. Some of the original steps are still intact, but for the most part it is trail and rock so wear good shoes. Also wear a nice coat of mosquito repellent because the mosquitos are positively swarming. The hike is through the jungle, so you have protection from the sun but it’s sticky hot and humid. By the time you get to the bottom you’ll be so ready to go swimming.

It’s a beautiful beach to snorkel. It’s calm because you have a cliff on each side and reef protecting you. Tons to see. Many varieties of fish and lots of coral gardens. My friends saw two baby sharks! I can’t believe I missed that. I’ll just have to content myself with the giant blue clam I saw (but didn’t get a decent picture of).
This was my best shot:

I’m nice and toasty from the sun and ready for a nap.
Have a great weekend.

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14 Responses

  1. carolyn says:

    great underwater photo! did you get your kit? i must’ve missed that entry.

  2. fabmimi says:

    wow Josie! Donovan introduced me to Spanish steps and it really is a special spot. Everytime we go home together, its been closed for military reasons. It’s such a hidden treasure! I haven’t been there since 2001. I’ll have to alert him to your blog entry 🙂

  3. Josie says:

    Carolyn, I didn’t get the kit yet but it should be here next week. We bought a cheap underwater digital (it doesn’t even have a brand name!) which isn’t bad…but isn’t great either. Out of 50 shots, only three turned out. Can’t wait for the kit to get here.
    Mimi, it IS a hidden treasure! I heard they only let people into Spanish Steps once in a blue moon. It might be a blessing in disguise, protecting it from the general population. Maybe that’s part of the “treasure”. 🙂

  4. Donovan says:

    Ooooo… I’m so jealous. The first time I went there, I fell in love with the place. It is beautiful. You’re right about protecting it from the general population too. The fewer people that know about it, the less likely chance for it to get mucked up.

  5. Brother says:

    lol. they open it up right when aunty kathy leaves.
    thats funny

  6. Josie says:

    I thought about that too! But now that I’ve actually been there, I don’t think I would have taken her. The heat and the climb back to the top would have killed her. lol

  7. Trudy says:

    I lived on Guam for a long time before moving here and never went there. It is really beautiful! Hopefully when I move back, I won’t be too old to hike there myself! Uh, does San Diego have anything similar to that? I didn’t think so. Thank you again for the awesome pictures!

  8. C says:

    Can you say jealous? It’s rainy, grey and about 50 degrees here. Please send sunshine!

  9. Josie says:

    50 degrees?!
    I just got goosebumps.

  10. Ang says:

    love the photo so much.. i have it as my wallpaper on my pc at home..lol..
    miss you.. so where is halloween this year?
    ang

  11. Josie says:

    You tell me…you’re the one who knows where all the cool parties are. lol

  12. Gail says:

    On a really calm day without any surf, have Addi take you to snorkel inside the reef at Magundus. I always saw baby sharks there (they are so cool to see – nothing baby-like about them – just perfect tiny sharks) and many, many cool fish. Spanish Steps are great but, as you noted, not so easy to get there. For Magundus you can park along the lower road and walk across to the other side. You’ll love it and get great pictures.

  13. Josie says:

    Oooh, thanks for the suggestion Gail! I’ll be sure to nag Addi, I mean ask him, to take me. 🙂

  14. Angelica L. Covington says:

    Hello Josie,
    I work at 36th Services/Marketing at Andersen Air Base. I hope you don’t mind that I used one of your Spanish Steps pictures in our Outdoor Recreation poster. I credited you with your name “Josie Moyer” and your blog “Latitude 13”.
    Thank you very much, Josie.
    Angel

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