Thursday, October 7, 2010

Boonie Stompin'

According to Urban Dictionary;

Boonies;  the sticks, in the middle of nowhere; usually associated with living out in the country.

Boondocks; a remote or inaccessible area. 

According to Wikipedia:

The term boondocks refers to a remote, usually brushy rural area;
[1] or to a remote city or town that is considered unsophisticated.

[2] The expression was introduced to English by American military personnel serving in the Philippines during the early years of the 20th century.[3][4] It derives from the Tagalog word "bundok", meaning "mountain".[5] According to military historian Paul Kramer, the term had attached to it "connotations of bewilderment and confusion", due to the guerrilla nature of the warfare in which the soldiers were engaged. we are getting somewhere.

Oh the joys of google!

So........very common thing to do in Guam is to go on a Boonie Stomp.

As you might guess:  this involves some bug spray, hiking boots, water and a sense of adventure.

Rich with WWII history, the island of Guam has many things to see, but since it rains daily, the path is always overgrown with all things green.  And sometimes, critters.  Don't let your imagination run away with you.........all the MIA soldiers were found.  (Although, seriously, one did hide in the jungle for 28 years, his name was Shoichi Yokoi if you want to read about him ) 

Lucky for me though........many have boonie stomped before me. 
So, the most common places to visit have paths and sometimes maps. 

For my first official boonie stomp however.........I followed a guide.

I went with 15 other ladies and two guides.

The day was a little more than I prepared for..........

The "rest of the story" and photos to follow.


1 comment:

  1. Oh my poor Melda...... can't wait for the whole story :(