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Walking Tour of Cuba

20 January 2014

rain

Christina Carmody was helping me train for the hike up Mt. Kilimanjaro and we were doing one last walk around GTMO three days before I was scheduled to leave. Usually we would start at our houses on Windward Loop. This is where the officers and senior enlisted live and its affectionately called "the loop".
the loop

the loop


Windward loop sign

Windward loop sign


As we head down the main strip of the island we pass the sign for the Naval hospital, the source of a lot of my headaches during that year. Notice the dark sky in the background!
GTMO Naval hospital

GTMO Naval hospital


Next we come across the Bayview sign which held two of my favorite events during the week - the Mongolian BBQ on Thursday nights and the brunch buffet on Sundays.
Bayview sign

Bayview sign


Of course everywhere you go in GTMO you pass an iguana or too. I will really miss them!
I'm watching you

I'm watching you


Iggy

Iggy


And of course you can't have Americans and not a McDonalds!
McDonalds

McDonalds


JPJ hill doesn't look as massive in this photo as it is but it's a great place to get a work out and Christina insisted climbing it would be good for my training.
JPJ Hill

JPJ Hill


This is what would happen to me if I didn't listen to her :) I think the buzzards picked this one clean.
skeletal remains

skeletal remains


We were about 1 mile from home when it started POURING down rain. Of course it is one of the only times I have seen it rain all year. We waiting under a bus stop for awhile but we were so wet already we just headed for home.
The only storm

The only storm


Reef Raiders is the dive club and the place most people go to get their dive tanks filled.
Reef Raiders

Reef Raiders

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One of last hikes in Cuba

12 January 2014

sunny 85 °F

Christina and Diana

Christina and Diana


view of the bay

view of the bay


Diana, Christina and I took a hike along the ridgeline for some beautiful views over the bay. Our routine was usually to turn around at a lookout point. One direction looked pretty, another direction was a trash dump.
house with new car

house with new car


Not long ago I got to trade in the Ford Explorer for a brand new Escape. It was amazing to have a car that I knew would start when I turned the key. Just wanted to remember what the old house at Windward Loop looked like after awhile.
back of house

back of house


The sunday brunch buffet at the bayview restaurant was a highlight of the week. Even for the iguanas!
iggy at breakfast

iggy at breakfast

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Cuban Woodpecker

6 January 2014

sunny 85 °F

These guys hang out on the tree right outside my door! They are beautiful but I am ready to leave them behind in 17 days!!
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They have been known to knock on the side of the house while people are trying to sleep or hammer on the basketball back board and wake up the neighborhood.
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Last dive in Cuba

4 January 2014

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I didn't really intend for this to be my last dive but it looks like my departure date is fast approaching and I kind of had a premonition this might be it.
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I had a great dive with Keith and Noelle and we got to see a pair of puffer fish just hanging out together.
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The little turtle was less than friendly and sped off when we arrived but we still got to see some nice scenery and there were tons of sand dollars. If only I could bring them back to the surface without crushing them!
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Christmas Day 2013

25 December 2013

sunny 85 °F

This was a tough day for everyone to be without our families and especially for me after the lose of one of my little girls.
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Tony, Diana, Susan, Ryan and Christina from the Navy Joint Medical Group let this Army girl in on their fun.
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Christina enjoying the ride!
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We tried to make the best of it by taking a boat out in the morning, down the river and for a bit of a swim later on.
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I love the river here because it looks so different than everywhere else and has a lot of wildlife.
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We tried for a feast on the boat but lucky for me I have a couple of wonderful friends, Noelle and Keith Douglas who brought me some more traditional Christmas food later in the day.
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Christina, Diana and Susan!

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Happy Holidays

24 December 2013

sunny 85 °F

This isn't turning out to be the best Christmas ever but Happy Holidays all the same.

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GTMO does try to bring a little Christmas cheer.

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Jingle Bell Battalion Run

20 December 2013

sunny 75 °F

(Army National Guard photo by Sgt. David Bolton/133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment/Joint Task Force-GTMO Public Affairs)

(Army National Guard photo by Sgt. David Bolton/133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment/Joint Task Force-GTMO Public Affairs)


The 525th Military Police Battalion had a jingle bell run down the main avenue of GTMO this morning. The battalion was literally jingling because each Solider was given 2 bells - one for each shoe.
(Army National Guard photo by Sgt. David Bolton/133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment/Joint Task Force-GTMO Public Affairs)

(Army National Guard photo by Sgt. David Bolton/133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment/Joint Task Force-GTMO Public Affairs)


We stopped at the Brigade Commanders house to sing jingle bells before it was all over.
(Army National Guard photo by Sgt. David Bolton/133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment/Joint Task Force-GTMO Public Affairs)

(Army National Guard photo by Sgt. David Bolton/133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment/Joint Task Force-GTMO Public Affairs)


This is the first Christmas run I have had to do where I can't see my breath and I can wear a t-shirt!
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Kayaking the bay

7 December 2013

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Diana, Christina and I decided to kayak the bay this morning to get to hicacal beach which is where it was easy to pick up some pretty cool shells.
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We did find some shells but we also got A LOT of bug bites. We also got to see a tag from a manatee when we were kayaking out. We couldn't see the manatee attached to it but we were really close to one!

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Last Sunset in Cuba with Curt

3 December 2014

sunny

Well its our final sunset for this visit so we did it with snacks and drinks on Glass beach, so named for the glass that washes up for people to collect.
waiting for sunset

waiting for sunset


last rays of the day

last rays of the day


glass

glass


beach of Cuba

beach of Cuba


another day closer to home

another day closer to home

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Bike and Beach Day

1 December 2013

sunny 92 °F

That's right, it is December and warm enough for a beach day! This morning Curt joined in the Sunday ritual of my Navy friend Christina and I. We went on a road bike ride that loops along the Caribbean. Afterward of course we earned the buffet breakfast at the bayview followed by a lazy afternoon lounging at the beach.
Biking along the caribbean

Biking along the caribbean

Christina and I

Christina and I


There was an iguana that got pretty close trying to see if we had any snacks we were willing to share with him.
Monitoring his beach

Monitoring his beach


When we were forced to move off the beach in order to eat again we indulged in the Irish bar food while watching the Kansas City Chiefs fight for a win. They ended up losing the fight but it was a good game!

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