Friday, July 31, 2009

Adventures in Guam, part 1

I safely arrived back in LA on Wednesday morning...and spent the last few days getting back into the Pacific time zone...

My trip started out on Wednesday July 15th, the adventure began right away when we sat in the airplane at LAX for 4 hours before we actually took off, thus, when I arrived in Tokyo, Japan my connecting flight had left and I had to stay over night...it was a fun experience and I didn't pay a thing to be shuttled back and forth and be put up in a hotel...





I spent 12 days in Guam with my parents and had an amazing time. We did so much, snorkeling, hiking, touring the island and just hanging out. Guam has a very interesting history. Some time in the 1940's Japan invaded the island and took over. On July 21, 1944 the U.S. took back over the island and liberated Guam, therefore, July 21st is Liberation Day in Guam (like our 4th of July) I was there for this huge island holiday, they have a parade and the entire island shuts down in celebration, it was a really good time. All the different military branches make floats and march in the parade along with many other local businesses. My Dad and his command had a float so it was a lot of fun to sit with everyone and cheer all the floats on.









Every place we went to had so much history. The island was originally controlled by Spain, but was part of the "deal" for the U.S. in 1898 during the Spanish American War...the pictures below are of cannons used by the Spaniards...





Here are a few pics of the parade...







to be continued...

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