By Susan Carlisle
My feet are propped up on a table in the sunroom as I daydream in the warm spring sunshine and look out over the slowly greening backyard.
What am I daydreaming about in this idyllic spot? My upcoming birthday. You see, this year I’ll celebrate it in Guam. A lot of people don’t even know where the island is located. I have an idea, but before I leave on the trip I’ll have a map out and make sure I know where I’m going. I’ll also be travelling to Hawaii, Sinpan, Tinianand Iwo Jima. The last few are a chain of small islands in the south Pacific above Australia and toward Japan.
What will bring me to these garden spots is a WWII trip my husband wanted to take. The big moment of the trip is to get to go to Iwo Jima. Wouldn’t you know that would coincide with my birthday? Really I don’t mind. I was pretty excited about the idea also. My husband loves WWII history and I enjoy it–just not on the same level as he does. We’ve been planning this trip for years. The one thing neither one of us will say when the other dies is that we wish we had done that.
In order to go to Iwo Jima, you must be with a veteran of WWII who fought there and a guest of the Marines. The Japanese keep the island closed off except for one designated day. This year that happens to be my birthday. There is talk that soon the island will be closed for good, so we had to take the opportunity to go before that happens.
I’ll be sharing my trip and pics during our weekly travel post so be sure and stop by to read them.
Is there somewhere special that you would like to go for your birthday, or a holiday/vacation?