|Our first family photo on Guam taken in the beautiful backyard of our church!|
|Moments before Mom tells me she's never snorkeled!|
|Introducing Mom to my fab Guam friends!|
The always stunning Tarague Beach
Our first family adventure once Nick returned from his work trip to Hawaii was to snorkel at beautiful Haputo Beach. I was so glad it was a beautiful sunny day, but I guess we did not factor in the high surge and strong currents surrounding the island that weekend. We hiked down the cliffside to the stunning white sand Haputo cove and were faced with some pretty decent sized waves breaking on the rocky reef. But Nick and I don't really have a stop button, so we stuck with plan A. Next thing I know, my mom (who, remember, has snorkeled once in her life two days before) is kicking through the waves and the current, getting battered by the breaking surf on our way to the outside of the reef line. To give you an idea of how hard the waves were crashing, both my dad and I lost fins when one of them zapped us head on.
We found Dad's fin, but mine was a goner
So, we went completely out of order and somehow the snorkeling trips got easier as we went, instead of more challenging. Whoops! Most of that, again, was the timing of the ocean conditions, but it seemed like no matter where we went, whether North Tip (right), Gab Gab, or Fish Eye, Mom and Dad were in awe of everything there is to see under water around our island. I would get so nervous that they weren't having a good time because there wasn't much to see. I keep forgetting how jaded and spoiled Nick and I are for knowing how everyday all the sea sights are to us. Mom and Dad were continually impressed!
Mom after feeding "Beshy" the carabao a banana
Big John giving us an overview on the organically grown bananas
The always refreshing Inarajan ocean pools!
Inarajan pools vista
In two weeks we only ate out for dinner once :)
One of the best parts of the visit was their timing, being here over Thanksgiving. We planned a very low key Thanksgiving meal and ended up combining forces with another family on our street who also had low key plans. In fact, they were planning on having fish for dinner. A few other families came as well and we had an absolutely wonderful meal together. I especially loved that several of my least favorite Thanksgiving dishes (gravy and stuffing) weren't even part of the spread. And I must say, our paleo pumpkin pie was pretty darn good! I had not spent Thanksgiving with my parents since they came to visit me in Annapolis in 2004, so this was a very special holiday for us.
|Thankful to spend the day with so many awesome people!|
We also managed to fit in a few rounds of golf!
|At the fish market for the third time for fresh yellowfin and poki... yum!|
visit with Nick's family last Christmas, given the timing would be so close to our pretty terrible rainy season. Then there was the ever frustrating factor that we no longer had a boat to jet them around in to all our favorite spots. Turns out, we had completely different experiences with both sets of parents, visiting different sites, doing notably different activities... and yet somehow both trips were equally incredible, once-in-a-lifetime trips for them and visits for us.
And the weather turned out to be pretty fantastic for just about all of the visit. Can't ask for more than that... Thanks Guam!