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Best of Guam and Beyond – Part 3

August 1, 2011
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Palm trees.

Tropical breezes.

Pristine water.

Secluded beaches.

These are the images our boys brought home of their R&R during the War in the Pacific.  We learned of places like Bikini, Bali, and Fiji through their travels, and the image of exotica has been etched into our collective consciousness.

We see it, however, through the lens of our own experience – a reflection of reality.  It’s one thing to visit a place as this – another altogether to live it.

Not that this is a bad thing, mind you – it’s just that one must suspend expectations of suburbs, strip malls and big-box stores to be able to adjust without encountering the dread ‘island fever’.  One must reset the aspect of the experience lens and focus on what is, as opposed to what could or should be.

I am very fortunate to share this experience with the love of my life, my wife and best friend ever – the Pheebs.  It’s one thing to go adventuring solo; I’ve done enough of that over the years.

Our tenth anniversary was spent apart – I was in Italy, she was home tending to our daughters.  While necessary at the time, I vowed never to do that again. This trip, this adventure, has made up for it…I hope.

She leaves tomorrow for the mainland, returning to tend to health issues and obligations.  The irony of her leaving this time around is not lost.

She sees the world through a different, more organic lens.

My life’s been enriched as a result.

Between living in Key West and experiencing this world – we’ve both been affected.  


To what extent?  We don’t know yet.  We do know that we feel different – the lens of our experience has been broadened.

The one thing I am certain of is we’ve lost the desire to live on the mainland.  24 degrees north is as close as we’ll get.

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