Day 21 – Saipan

Saturday, March 30, 2019

After breakfast, Harold and I drove Phil and Richard to the airport at 7:30 am for their flight back home and then we stopped at Winchell’s for a coffee and donut, where we met a couple of the Baptist volunteers from Kentucky.  We conversed with them for a few minutes before heading back to the hotel for devotions.

At 10 am, Harold, John, Jeff, Anet and I went to the NMI Heritage Museum for a few hours.   The Marianna Islands are now a commonwealth of the United States but they have been under the rule of several different countries, including Spain and Germany, however, the 30 years from 1914 to 1944 that they were occupied by the Japanese has resulted in the most artifacts donated to the museum.  The museum has a very good website explaining the heritage of the islands –

We were back at the hotel before noon and then Dan, Anet, Jeff, Sandy and I went to Pau Pau beach for a couple of hours of swimming and snorkelling.   At 2 pm I drove Jeff and Sandy back to the hotel and then Dan, Anet and I went to Bird Island for some more swimming and snorkelling.

The dirt path down to Bird Island was fairly steep and rugged but not very long.

The closeup view of the island was worth going there.

The beach was very rocky, so Dan and Anet had to carefully find the best path to get to the island.   I went into the beach but I didn’t cross over to the island.

We left Bird Island at 4:30 and returned to the hotel for a quick shower in preparation for supper.   Harold, Sandy, John, Jeff and I went to the American Pizza and Grill on Beach Road, while Dan and Anet went to the ” all you can eat” buffet at the GrandVrio hotel.   After we ate, Jeff, John and I went to the Garapan Fire Station to see if Jeff could buy one of their shirts.   There was only one volunteer at the Fire House and he told us to come back during the week.

We returned to the hotel at 7:30 pm and at 8:30 pm, I drove back to Garapan to pick up Dan and Anet after they finished their Fish and Sushi buffet in order to bring them back to the hotel for the night.

2 thoughts on “Day 21 – Saipan

  1. Hi Ralf
    Another week in Saipan. It has been weeks of hard work for you dear volunteers. Rebuilding their homes must put smiles on their faces.
    You guys are all a real blessing.
    Thanks for journaling your adventurers to the beaches and eateriesand pictures.
    Just a note from back home. We had Season’s this Saturday as you always attend so you were missed.
    Prayers for continued health and safety. ….Carol

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