Neon New York

On our last evening in New York City last year we went over to Tony’s on West 43rd Street for a nice Italian dinner and then walked over to Times Square to see the neon lights. We weren’t disappointed but we didn’t see much neon. Fifty years ago all of the electric signs around were neon. Now they are mostly LEDs. But they still look like neon.

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St Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City

On our way home from vacationing in Spain and Portugal last year we stopped for four days in New York City before flying back to California. On one of those days my wife decided to do some shopping in the Bryant Park vicinity while my sisters and I walked around Manhattan. The first leg of our walk took us to the NY High Line (see here). Then we rode on the subway to Central Park West and W 72nd St., walked across Central Park and then down 5th Avenue and back to our Bryant Park hotel. Along the way we came across St Patrick’s Cathedral and I decided to visit the church and take some pictures.

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Inarajan on the Southeast Coast of Guam

We drove around the island on our first full day in Guam last June and when we got to Inarajan on Guam’s southeast coast we parked and lingered and looked around. Most of the lingering and looking occurred around the calm and shallow waters known as the Inarajan Pools.

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The Most Beautiful Beach on Guam

Ritidian Beach lies at the northernmost tip of Guam. For many years the beach and the land surrounding it was owned by the US Navy and closed to the public. But in 1993 the Navy turned over its Ritidian property to the US Fish and Wildlife Service for a wildlife refuge and now what some people call the most beautiful beach in Guam is open to visitors. So when my wife’s nephew Joe offered to drive us to the beach on our last day in Guam we jumped at the chance. As you will soon see, we were not disappointed.

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A Day in Talofofo, Part Three

My first visit to Talofofo Falls was back in 1972, a few months after a Japanese soldier named Sergeant Yokoi was discovered. He had been hiding in the jungle near the falls for 27 years. When I returned to the falls in 2004 I found that an amusement park had been developed around the area with a number of strange attractions including a replica of the cave where Yokoi lived. We showed the falls to my older daughter and her family in 2015 and the park seemed to be rundown. It was even worse this year when we visited the falls again with our younger daughter and her family.

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A Day in Talofofo, Part Two — Lunch at Onward Golf Resort

After our adventures in the Valley of the Latte Adventure Park on Friday morning, June 29th, we were hungry. But where do we go to eat? Most of the restaurants on Guam are concentrated in the tourist areas of Tumon and Tamuning and the capital of Hagatna. But these places are about 17 miles and at least a half-hour away from Talofofo. There is a popular tourist spot nearby called Jeff’s Pirate Cove but we decided that we would prefer a more quiet and relaxing place. So we headed for the restaurant at the Onward Talofofo Golf Resort on Route 4A.

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MM 221: U.S. Warplane over Guam

We visited Two Lovers Point one day during our latest vacation in Guam and I was shooting the statues of the Two Lovers from different angles when I heard a familiar sound overhead. I looked up quickly and clicked and caught the monstrous dragon before it disappeared over the Philippine Sea. It was obvious from the silhouette that I captured one of the legendary B-52s that had recently returned to Guam’s Andersen Air Force Base.
This photo will be my entry for Leanne Cole’s Monochrome Madness Challenge this week.

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