I just got back from a two-week Chief Warrant Officer professional development course at the Coast Guard Academy in New London, CT. While there, I had the opportunity to spend an evening with some very good friends.
Dave, NN1N, arranged the get together. Fortunately Randy, K5ZD/1 offered up his QTH as a meeting point. It was a great opportunity to see some old friends, plus to see the NN1N and K5ZD QTHs for the first time. Too bad there was too much snow to walk around to see the towers.
Thanks to NN1N for setting up the dinner, and to K5ZD for hosting us. Also thanks to K1EA, KM3T, K1AR, and K1DG for showing up! I have not seen most of these guys since WRTC 2006 in Brazil, and it was an enjoyable break from two weeks of class.
My family and I currently live on Navy owned Government Housing about two miles south of my former home on the Navy Communications Station (NCTS). Most of the homes in my former housing area were demolished. I recently went back and took photos, trying to match the exact spot where I stood 12 years ago in 1998.
This whole area is set to be redeveloped into a base for US Marines scheduled to be relocated from Okinawa.
I stumbled across this old photo of this housing area being constructed. My former house is the one to the right in the foreground.
Williamson, Mel. Retrieved from http://www.navycthistory.com/guam_mel_williamson_56-58.html on 30OCT10.
A couple weeks ago, I took my family on a hike to Tarzan Falls, located about 1.5 miles off the road in Central Guam. I had not been here in nearly 20 years, having last visited the place in 1993. We are moving into the dry season, and it had not rained for a couple days, so I figured it would be a good time to go.
Unfortunately, when we got down to the falls, it was still very muddy
The mud wasn’t fun, but there was a plus size – lots of water going over the falls! The water was nice and cool, and a fun break from the heat of the day.
Not shown: two identical bathrooms, one common, one in the master bedroom, both full with bath tub.
Also not shown: there are four bedrooms along the back of the house, all in a row connected by a hallway. The two on the ends are the largest, but are still pretty small. One will be the master (the one with the bathroom), the other will be Jordan’s. There are two smaller bedrooms in between, which will be used by Alex and Justin.
there is also a small one-car garage with automatic door lift. My plan is to build a wall to split the garage into two ends. The garage door end will be used for storage, and the other end for my office/radio room. The garage seems to get cooled from the house AC and it was not at all hot in the middle of the afternoon. I suspect my “office” will be cooler once I have the wall built and stuff stored against the non-insulated roll-up door.
There is also a walk-in closet/pantry next to the kitchen.This will probably become Mickey’s shoe shrine.
The open space around the house was a big plus. When facing the house, it is on the corner of a circle. There is one house directly to the left, and one caddy-corner to the right. Everywhere else is in the clear. This is one of the most spacious yards in the most spacious housing area on island.
In August, 2009, PEA ISLAND operated for three weeks in the waters around Puerto Rico. During a port call, ee had an opportunity to visit El Yunque National Forest, east of San Juan. We hiked to the summit of El Yunque, where I took this panoramic shot.
My crew recently spent two weeks patrolling the southern Bahamas, and we spent some time anchored next to Cay Verde. My Executive Officer and I spent some time exploring the island. As we soon discovered, the island is inhabited only by birds, lizards, snakes, and crabs. Brown boobies were nesting all over the island, most tending to a pair of eggs.
I took the photo used for the header image. It shows the USCGC PEA ISLAND’s cutter small boat, transiting southward just off the east coast of Anguilla Cay. Anguilla Cay is the eastern most island of Cay Sal Bank, part of the Bahamas, which is located about mid way between Cuba and the Florida Keys. Back in 2008 when I took this photo, Cay Sal was a commonly used stopping point for Cuban migrants trying to make their way to US soil. We went ashore not only for a chance to explore, but also to look for evidence of recent migrant activity. I loved this photo because of the turquoise waters.