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Beating the Heat – Island Style

July 27, 2011

We’ve shown you some pretty interesting places over the past two months, but honestly – we don’t live like that.  What do we do on an average weekend?

Well…

A whole lot of this.

At 13 degrees north, Guam is square in the tropics.  Temperatures rarely vary from month to month highs in the upper 80’s and lows in the upper 70’s.  Light to moderate trade winds insure cooling breezes, day and night.

The water is an even 85-86 degrees – which blurs the line between wet and dry.

Families set up camp and spend the entire day – from sunup until after sundown – at the beach.

The reef provides a natural barrier, flattening all but the largest typhoon-induced waves.

When one is surrounded by bathwater and gentle breezes, one does not require much to be entertained.  Just hang out in the water and play.

A few weekends ago, this extended family of about 20 people engaged in a game of chicken…

The girl didn’t fare all that well.

The Pheebs?  Watching from a few yards off.

Vinyl mattresses, tubes and other pool toys are called ‘floaters’ here, irrespective of shape or type.  The word has a curious pronunciation, as if someone from Minnesota was pronouncing it. We have a whole bevy of floaters, but the Pheebs is fondest of the traditional mat.

The effect of the environment is profound.  As a former mainlander transplanted to an island, I found I could sit still for less than a half hour before feeling the need to do something – anything.  After several years on island, hours seem like minutes, and I can sit still with the best of them.

Yes, it’s an island time reset.

A reset which allows one to enjoy the simplest moments.

So to answer what we do on an average weekend?

A whole lot of nothing – and means everything to us.

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6 Comments leave one →
  1. July 27, 2011 1:56 am

    My thoughts exactly! You read my mind…..and I love every minute of it spent with you!

    • dangerboyandpixie permalink*
      July 27, 2011 5:37 am

      Pheebs!!!

      If I could spend an eternity doing nothing with you, it would be heaven.

      Even if it was Toledo.

  2. July 27, 2011 5:23 am

    Thanks for sharing.

    • dangerboyandpixie permalink*
      July 27, 2011 5:43 am

      Key West prepared us well for Guam and points beyond.

      It could get really interesting shortly, as I’ve been asked to go to:

      Fiji
      Vanuatu, and;
      Papua New Guinea.

      For comparative purposes – these are places where 80% of the population does not have access to modern amenities, which include sanitation, domestic water and electricity. To take it further – there are people alive on these islands who have tasted human flesh.

      This is about as far from civilization as one may go – and if I get the chance to go there, then…yes. I’m doing it.

      FWIW – I’ve heard (anecdotally) the natives still practice cannibalism; now that they know it’s considered a Western taboo, they’re not as open about it. I’m in the clear, as us old farts are considered not so tasty.

  3. August 1, 2011 12:59 am

    beach, barbeque, beer and baby making the 4 B’s

    • dangerboyandpixie permalink*
      August 1, 2011 1:23 am

      4 B’s – I like that!

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