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Talofofo Falls

June 8, 2011

A while back we did a sightseeing gig to one of the main tourist attractions on Guam, a double header known as Talofofo Falls and Yokoi’s Cave.  The former is self explanatory, the latter quite interesting.

Talofofo Falls is a tourist-trappy sort of place, reached by driving down a long (3+mile) one lane concrete road to a mildly dilapidated castle-like structure where one plunks down an absurd amount of money to ride a ski lift gondola to the falls.

The Pheebs has never been  fond of heights.

The gondola deposited us on the floor of a valley, replete with jungle, bisected by water.

Waterfalls are almost always interesting – this one is no exception.

Lower falls…

and upper.

For me, however, the real point of interest is a short hike away – Sargent Yokoi’s cave.  Sgt. Shoici Yokoi holds the dubious honor of being the last Japanese soldier to surrender after WWII ended…in 1972, 27 years later!  You can read more about Sgt Yokoi here http://ns.gov.gu/scrollapplet/sergeant.html ; be sure to click on the ‘Next’ button to get all of the story.  He lived in a hole dug in the ground, wore clothes woven from hibiscus bark and managed to conceal his existence for nearly three decades.

While it’s not much to look at – it is quite thought provoking.

  

As is the custom amongst Japanese, a small shrine was built to honor Yokoi on the spot.  interestingly, the locals dispute this being the actual location of the cave; they say the landowner ‘relocated’ the cave to increase tourist traffic.  I can neither confirm nor deny this, although it’s completely plausible.

Meanwhile, the Pheebs was distracted by her favorite subject:  Small barnyard animals.

This, of course, made the Pheebs’ day, allowing her to traverse tall rope bridges with a spring in her step.

Wow.  Waterfalls, cable cars, hidden soldiers, rope bridges, Buddhist temples, a chicken and a pig.  The locals have an acronym for this sort of thing – OOG.

Only On Guam.

Trust you’re enjoying the ride thus far,

Chuck and the Pheebs.

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. June 8, 2011 7:31 am

    On the one had one is amazed by the extent of the variety on Guam, or Gahan, with rivers and waterfalls and all that. On the other one occasionally needs a reminder of the power of advertising and propaganda. People can be made to believe the damndest things. Living in a spider hole for three decades cannot possibly be better than surrendering can it? Obviously he never saw the bumper sticker about not believing what you think…

    • dangerboyandpixie permalink*
      June 8, 2011 9:56 am

      Actually the locals keep changing the spelling – most recent is Guahan.

      We tend to see the world through the lens of our own experience – and the aperture is often influence by media. You’re getting my version of Guam – one tidbit at a time. it’s not right or wrong – it’s just my POV.

  2. June 8, 2011 5:04 pm

    We have some similarities here, Chuck;
    Meth labs in cars, lots of barnyard animals running amok, cable car tracks (but no cable cars), and a nice connection to the Detroit drug lords.
    OIWV — Only in West Virginia.

    Greg P. In WV, where we hit 96* today and I’m begging to go back to Key West to cool down…

    • dangerboyandpixie permalink*
      June 8, 2011 5:08 pm

      People can’t seem to wrap their heads around the idea Key West is actually cooler than many mainland locales during the summer. – go figure.

      From Manila,

      Chuck.

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