I went with a small goup of friends to Rota last weekend and spent a delightful 3 days scuba diving and exploring there. Below are are just a few of the hundred or so photos I took while there. Harry Deal, one of the friends above mentioned, took all the underwater photos and I hope to get a disc from him so I can share a few of those with you as well. Meanwhile, here are some of the points of interest on land.
In the Town Square on Friday evening they had a Christmas event, did some decorating and just came together as a community. Nice. More on the interesting live tree decorations later.
Here is our dive group, ready to strike awe in the underwater denizens with our fearsome presence. Also note our trendy bathing attire.
Here we are having dinner at a local watering hole. I had Rota red beans and rice with spicy saugage....ummmmmmmmmm.
Secluded bays and some original jungle higlight the island's terrain.
The traffic, however, was terrible.
There are a couple of well preserved Japanese WWII era guns, and at least one well preserved tourist.
There were very few others touring Rota while we were there. These gals came up from Guam along with a friend from the mainland, Virginia, I think. We saw them briefly then we all disappeared into the jungle to see more of fabulous Rota.
Babbling fresh water streams; now that is refreshing.
The Rota Swimming Hole. Frankly, not very impressive except for the Alcapulco cliff divers in residence.
The view from my hotel room's patio.
The sunset view is not bad either. Better than a sharp guava in the eye. It looked even better after a couple of Harry's patented Porky's Road Show Margauritas.
The Fabulous Foursome at the Taga Stone Quarry. Very impressive. Not us, the giant Taga stones. Looks like they may have had a work stoppage at a critical moment. I'm thinking Lek Wolensa showed up. Seriously, the work involved to laboriously chip those stones from the underlayment must have been grueling. Not to mention moving them afterwards. These particular ones, of course, never got off the ground as we say these days.
This was strange. A small farm in the boonies with most of the fence posts topped with these sometimes moss covered statues. Some were pretty odd.
'Nuff said again.
How about these Christmas ornaments. Beautifully painted fresh fruits hung in many of the Town Square trees. Neat. Biodegradable. Could be dessert later. Great idea.
I'll end this mini travelogue with a view of Songsong Village and Wedding Cake Mountain in the drizzly distance.
What a fine trip we had. What a wonderful way to spend a holiday weekend. Thanks to my friends Jeff, Rose, and Harry for sharing some quality time with me. And Special Thanks to Olive for taking care of Porky's so I could go out and play.