My Pictures of Guam

Our first day on Guam, Fri 4/22/05, we explore the southern half of the Island.

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Arrival at Guam!
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Jungle hike to Kissing Rocks
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Natives in their jungle attire. Oh, it's just Kevin Miriam and Mike.
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We make it to the top. Back: Kevin, Becca, Brian, Fr. Gary Middle: Maria, Miriam, Lia, Arisa Front: Rita, Gilbert Mike is photographer
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From left: Arisa, Gilbert, Rita, Lia
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Coming back down through the jungle
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Kevin relaxes as we begin the jungle river cruise.
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Anita holding Nate, with Lia
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Mike and Maria with jungle hats?
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Our tour group goes though the ancient village. The Latte Stones (pronounce la-tee) are burial monument and/or building supports.
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A demonstation in palm weaving and fire making.
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After lunch at Jack's Pirate Cove, a look at the beach.
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Ruins of an ancient Spanish church (San Vitores - Duenas?) at Inarajan Notice the statue of Chief Gadao on the left, rowing his half-canoe. Legend says he and another chief had a contest - each rowing a canoe in different direction - the canoe ripped apart, but Gadao rowed with such speed the canoe didn't sink.
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A recreated Chamorro village, the native people of the Island of Guam. Padre Diego Luis de San Vitores landed on Guam in 1668, bringing the Catholic faith to the island, before dying as a martyr in 1672.
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Notice the bamboo huts and palm tree leaf roofs - actually quite durable
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Our Lady of Camarin (Santa Maria del Kamalen), a shrine and statue here where a ironwood carving of the Virgin Mary miraculously floated to shore escorted by two crabs.
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Called Our Lady of Camarin, as camarin was the name for a canoe shed, where the figure was first kept. Today the original figure is kept in the Cathedral.
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San Dimas (St. Dismas) in Merizo where I would join their festival of their patron on Saturday, celebrated by the Archbishop with a processesion and fiesta.
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Neat bay, Umatac I believe, notice the arches over the road and church on the far side.
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Remains of a Japanese fort / gun emplacement called the Soledad.
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Exploring a marina and watching the fish.
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View from another fort / gun emplacement along the beach.
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Nice view of Agana and the Cathedral
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Kevin, Gilbert, Brian, Mike and Fr. Gary
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Brian tries out the trampolean at Teresa's apartment.
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In Latte Park, these latte stones were transfered to this location. Mike teaches Kevin how to eat the local nuts.
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Brian, Lia, Arisa, Gabriel and Kevin hang out by the latte stone.
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More Spanish ruins, I think this was a large home with courtyards.
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Notice the arches. Has it been a long day?
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Dulce Nobre de Maria Cathedral-Basilica in Agana (Sweet Name of Mary), completed in 1958 on the site of Guam's first Church, built by Fr. San Vitores in 1669.
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Statue of our now Late Holy Father, Pope John Paul II, in front of the Cathedral. May he rest in peace.
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In the center of the Cathedral, below the crucifix, is the statue of our Lady of Camarin, patroness of the Diocese of Hagatna (feast Dec. 8th).

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