Wednesday, October 3, 2018

Guam U.S.A., The Other Island Paradise

Hello friends.  


Just Imagine . . . laying on a beach with bright white sand and bright teal blue waters as the sun sets in the west.  Or you could be on your own boat about to set sail out in the Pacific just a few miles off-shore of the beautiful capitol city of Hagåtña (pictured).


And, if you were doing all that you would be in (or just off-shore from) the capitol of the territory of Guam, USA.


That's right, forget the tourist filled island beaches of Hawaii; spend some time in Guam and still be on American soil.

Only 162,742 people reside on the island territory of Guam.  It is the largest and southern most of the Mariana Islands and it's located next to another United States Territory the Northern Marianas Islands.

The highest point is Mount Lamlam at 1,332 feet above the sea.  But this picture is of "Two Lovers Point" a traditionally romantic destination and a U.S. National Natural Landmark:


The main industry for Guam is two-fold, the United States military and tourism.

It was actually way back in 1898 that Guam was ceded from Spain to the United States during the Spanish-American War under the Treaty of Paris.

Unfortunately, just hours after the attack on Pearl Harbor in the then territory of Hawaii, Guam was invaded and captured by the Japanese.  This history of United States soil being capture by the Japanese has been over shadowed by the other islands horrible human tragedy.

Faith has helped lead the people to prosperity.  Most of the island is Catholic but there is a healthy population of protestants too.  Here's the beautiful, Dulce Nombre de Maria Cathedral Basilica:


The unofficial territorial motto is "Where America's Day Begins."  The reason that motto has stuck is because it is the United States soil that is closest to the International Date Line where the sun rises first on New Year's Day for the United States of America.

Here's a picture of the official territorial legislative building with the territorial and national flags flying:


Cars and trucks drive on the right, just like we do here on the mainland.  But their clocks are 15 hours ahead of us in Texoma. And, the island is bilingual as English and Chamorro are the official languages.

It never gets above 96° and it never goes below 65°, sounds like paradise to me!

So there is your fun facts for today on Guam Day 2018.

Bryan W. Rupp