Short, Sweet, Simple Sunday

Current City: Tumon, Guam

In celebration of overcoming jet lag, well not really just wonderful timing, we went out on the town our first weekend on the island! One of Daniel’s friends, native of the island, took us out to show us some of the local music scene. It was an amazing time, really enjoyed hearing some wonderful reggae.

Enjoying my generously borrowed coffee and a book on the balcony.

Enjoying my generously borrowed coffee and a book on the balcony.

Also, the other day while Daniel was at work I ventured down to the bistro here at the hotel and popped in for a cup of coffee to go. Unfortunately it was a no go, but they offered to let me borrow a cup and saucer if I would return it later. Just a small bit of kindness that made my morning, enjoying it on the porch with the slight drizzle of rain, my definition of perfection.

Well, off to check out Guam International Raceway. There are some bike and quad races going on that Daniel wants to scope out so he can join in next season.

Enjoy your Sunday!
Blogging my Ashleigh

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Hafa Adai Guam

Current City: Tamuning, Guam

We made it to Guam! Right off of the plane we were pleasantly surprised to be greeted by the men Daniel will be working with and their families. They took us to dinner at Vitale’s in Tumon before taking us to our hotel that we would be staying at until we found a home. Maybe it was the jet lag setting in, or how hungry we were from the journey, but it was some of the best pizza I’ve ever had! Once we got to our hotel room it had set in that this would be our new home, right around the same time we passed out since our bodies were still believing it was four in the morning.

The view from our hotel balcony the first morning in Tamuning, Guam.

The view from our hotel balcony the first morning in Tamuning, Guam.

The next morning we woke up early and were able to watch the sunrise and walk to get some breakfast, and more importantly coffee for me! It was nice being able to see some of the island, the night before I wasn’t able to see out of the windows due to the thick layer of condensation. Also, upon getting out of the car for dinner that night, my glasses instantly fogged up, a far cry from the dry heat of the desert that I am so accustomed to! We had a good laugh about it, a “we aren’t in Kansas anymore” moment not thirty minutes off the plane.

Walking back from breakfast we noticed all the street art, miles and miles of green popping up everywhere and slugs racing their way along the sidewalk. All these things so little, but were noticeable to fresh eyes.

That night we were lucky enough to get a quick tour and some insight on the major parts of the island from our relator. Including some amazing places to eat, and beaches to explore.

Our first glance of the island from the plane.

Our first glance of the island from the plane.

After our little driving tour he took us to Chamarro Village where every Wednesday evening they have a gathering filling the grounds with food and pop up vendors representing Guam. The food and the atmosphere was thrilling, I can’t wait to go back again and check it out when have some time to mosey around and explore everything it has to offer. I guess I’ll have to add it to the growing list of places we need to visit while we’re here!

We’ve been truly blessed with the generosity from the men at the shop helping Daniel get situated at the base and even letting us borrow a truck to do some running around on our own. Which with no surprise lead us to check out the motorsports track, which I was delighted to see looks like a track I’ll be able to enjoy with Daniel. A big sigh of relief since we brought our ATVs to the island, a hobby we are both passionate about.

Things are slowly starting to fall into place as we get settled, we were able to get working phones, looking to get a ‘Guam bomb’ of our own before Daniel’s truck arrives from California and will be looking at houses today. Wish us luck!

Happy Travels!
Blogging my Ashleigh

Aloha Aloha Hawaii

Current City: Honolulu, Hawaii

We began our journey early morning, especially after one or two hours of sleep the night/morning before, leaving Las Vegas to Los Angeles where we would then be headed to Hawaii. A tear soaked morning full of hugs and well wishes, well two days in all honesty, saying good bye to my family and best friends.  A truly bittersweet moment, sad to leave such amazing people but excited to meet new friends and take on a new chapter in our lives together.

My first view of Hawaii from the plane.

My first view of Hawaii from the plane.

We’re here in Hawaii before the last leg of our journey to our new home. The view of the island from the plane was amazing. I understand now why they call it Pacific blue, it’s such an amazing mesmerizing shade. We have just enough of a layover to grab a bite, a fruity drink with an umbrella, a taste of pineapple and makes some calls before our phones go into permanent airplane mode. We wish it was a bit longer so we could see more of the island outside of the airport windows, but hopefully we’ll be able to do some exploring here in the near future, or even meet some family here as a halfway point hello. It still seems surreal that in about seven hours and a dateline crossing we will be in Guam, full of excitement and jet lag!

Happy Travels!

Blogging my Ashleigh

Capturing the Canyon

Destination: Grand Canyon, Arizona

Two weeks left in Vegas and we found ourselves early Saturday morning on a bus headed towards the Grand Canyon with good friends. None of us had ventured out to view this wonder, and with our time in Vegas shrinking quickly there was no time like the present.

Daniel and I doing our signature high five overlooking the canyon.

Daniel and I doing our signature high five overlooking the canyon.

The first stop on our bus ride before the journey to the Grand Canyon was a stop at the bridge that over looks the Hoover Dam. The bus ride voiceover narrated our drive through the suburbs that lead up to the dam stop left me very nostalgic, hearing the history of Henderson, the city where I grew up. I had a sneaky suspicion that I was the only one awake and enjoying the narration!

The lengthy bus ride out there was highly underestimated! I didn’t realize how long the drive was out there; I think we all were a bit shocked. I had a preconceived notion that it would be a short drive, no more that when heading out to Utah. Wrong! But I used it for some much loved reading time, almost finishing Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith (J.K Rowlings pseudonym) during our turn around trip (highly recommend this book, even without my Potterhead bias!).

Overlooking the Canyon. Could you imagine running into that crossing the West?

Overlooking the Canyon. Could you imagine running into that crossing the West?

Fast forward to the canyon, absolutely breath taking. The kind of beautiful that seems unreal, the kind that made me feel that it was actually a giant green screen with this background imposed into our photos. As my childlike imagination wandered, wondering, “Maybe it was stolen by a super villain in Despicable Me and this is an over the top replica to fool us all?”

Our day of wonder and awe was extended when a tourist got into quite the confrontation with our bus driver as we loaded up for the drive home. Park rangers, cops and flashing lights were involved making our arrival time at home just past midnight. Despite the drama of fellow travelers outside of our control, I highly recommend this tour to anyone in the area looking to get out of ‘Sin City’ for a little nature and wonder. I also highly recommend going with fun friends as we did!

Happy Travels!

Blogging my Ashleigh

 

 

 

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Cardboard Kingdom

Current City: North Las Vegas, Nevada

While I take a moment from adding to the cardboard box kingdom that my husband and I have become accustomed to over the past few months that will only increase drastically over the next few weeks as we get ready to start our new life together on an island I knew little to nothing about before he received his orders.
The past few months have been a whirlwind of changes for me. I got engaged, graduated from UNLV, celebrated my 24th birthday, got legally married in a Las Vegas drive-thru wedding, lost my four-legged best friend and companion suddenly, quit my job with an amazing company, married my husband once more in front of our friends and family in a more traditional manner, and here I am now packing up our lives to move halfway across the world to Guam, an island the size of the city we’re leaving- all in that order. Because who needs to breathe?

A collection of our life's possessions piled in our bare bedroom, ready to be shipped off to Guam.

A collection of our life’s possessions piled in our bare bedroom, ready to be shipped off to Guam.

I would have never in my wildest dreams imagined how much my world would change from only a year ago, and thank goodness because this is better than I could have ever imagined! The years to come are sure to be filled with many more travels, adventures, milestones and so much more and I would love to share my stories as they unfold.

For more information please visit my about page or feel free to ask any questions!

Adventure awaits!

Ashleigh