I took a day trip up to the island of Saipan a couple weeks ago, primarily as an excuse to earn 1,000 frequent flier miles and qualify for Silver Elite at Continental.
Continental started a commuter shuttle between Guam and Saipan earlier this year. The Continental Connection flights are actually run by another airline, Cape Air, doing business as a Continental subsidiary. An ATR-42 turboprop makes the flight every couple hours during the day, with a couple runs picked up by a Continental Micronesia Boeing 737 jetliner. Surprisingly the flight time is roughly the same for the ATR-42 and the Boeing 737.
Anyway, here’s some photos from the trip. I spent most of the afternoon in a couple bars, so these pictures are all from my morning sightseeing trip to Marpi, Mt. Tapochau and Obyan Beach.
First stop, the Marpi area for a visit to the war memorials and nature preserves of northern Saipan.
Continental Connection ATR-42
Japanese memorials at Banzai Cliff
Steps leading down to the Grotto
Obyan Beach with Tinian in the background
Atop Mt. Tapochau, looking southeast over Laolao Bay
Atop Mt. Tapochau, looking south towards Susupe and Tinian in the distance
Atop Mt. Tapochau, looking west towards Garapan and Managaha Island
Like I said, I spent most of the afternoon belly up to a bar and drinking $4.00 Budweisers. No pictures from that.
Give me a day, I have pictures from Japan to cull through and post too.
Time for a musical plug. I heard this interview on NPR a couple months ago, just after Maria Rita cleaned up at the Latin Grammys. Wow, what a great voice that woman has. I got her eponymous CD a few weeks ago, and it’s been in heavy rotation on my CD player since. And let’s get this straight, I’m not a big bossa nova fan. It smolders with her honeyed voice and sensual rhythms. I can’t get it out of my head.