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Trip Start Jul 06, 2009
Trip End Jan 01, 2010

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Sunday, September 20, 2009

So... this saturday had to have been one of the most eventful days Ive had since ive been on this island! Saturday here was Guam's clean the coast day and hundreds of peoples lined the roads and coastal areas piking up trash and other debris that take away from the natural beauty of this place. Joe and I left base around 530am to head down to Merizo on the south side of the island. Merizo is right next to Umatac Bay and Magellan's landing. Magellans landing is the spot on Guam where Ferdinand Magellan landed in the 1500s and later settle in the spanish. I got some pictures I thought that were pretty humorous around the bay..
So not much to tell about the early morning haha we picked up at least a trash bag each along with several other guys in our squadron and patrolled a strip about 3 miles long. The locals were very appreciative and were giving out drinks (water) and tshirts for those who participated.
After all this we snagged a delicious mahi mahi breakfast at a local joint and headed up to Big Navy, the island's navy base, to go out for a hike. Today was the first day all week that the weather was real nice after the typhoon leaving! Can't let that go to waste in rainy season! We started out by going to Orote Point is the westernmost point in the U.S. and also a very important landmark in both the overtaking of Guam in WWII by the Japanese and later by us Americans when we bombed the heck out of it on our way back.. The spanish also used it as a vantage point. The hike starts out on a very steep cliff, and decends down rocks and boulders and a flight of old spanish steps. There are several ropes on the way down for you to "rappell" down with to keep a good balance. Once down the cliff the scenery overtakes you into a palm tree jungly canopy. Complete with every bug possible, WWII artifacts, coconut crabs, and beautiful palm trees the jungle makes for a real cool hike. We also cut through and old cave which supposedly housed cavemen wayyyy back in the day. The cave opens up pretty much to the picturesque view of the base of Orote Point. The base envelops huge cliffs surrounding a shallow pool of oceanwater with protrudin rocks growing with vegetation. The area is prefect for snorkeling and just offers and amazing attitude... The pictures make it look like something out of a movie.
After the hike, we found out there was a dive shop on the Navy base to which we have a membership through so we rented some tanks and headed out to Gab Gab... the beach most of my dives have occurred on and I got a great chance to experiment with my new underwater camera. Yes... I know... its camera #3 haha Ive had horrible luck! The first two did not have external waterproof cases and both leaked in water and completely shutoff. I guess the pacific didnt agree with them too much. However, this one did real well and ive purchased a nice case and some things to take care of this case. Its a canon with an underwater housing and has taken some amazing pictures. I can't wait to take it wreck diving!
Both dives were pretty cool.. however it was the third time we have dove this spot and the visibility was a little poor. I did get to play with my canon so it was all good. The submarine showed up again at Gab Gab 2 but instead this time the joke was on us! The pilot chased us around for a few minutes and then finally left us alone. I think he may have remembered my swimtrunks! haha I did get some good closeups of Trevally Tuna and we saw some rare fish... including one with pink tigerstripes!
So for Saturday we did 1 coastal cleanup, 1 hike, 2 dives and made it to the gym before it closed. What a day! Well I would have had more this weekend but last minute we were called in to do some planning weather for this week. We have a new bomb squadron coming in Wednesday so itll be a new group, new missions, new objectives. Im stoked! Stay tuned! I am planning on trying to take the advanced open water diver course sometime when I get some time off so there are some pretty cool dives that that one entails!

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