Daily Archives: 11/07/2004

Saipan In A Day

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 turboprop
Continental Connection ATR-42

Banzai Cliff
Banzai Cliff

Japanese memorials at Banzai Cliff
Japanese memorials at Banzai Cliff

Suicide Cliff
Suicide Cliff

The Grotto
The Grotto

Steps leading down to the Grotto
Steps leading down to the Grotto

Bird Island
Bird Island

Obyan Beach
Obyan Beach

Obyan Beach with Tinian in the background
Obyan Beach with Tinian in the background

Atop Mt. Tapochau, looking southeast over Laolao Bay
Atop Mt. Tapochau, looking southeast over Laolao Bay

Atop Mt. Tapochau, looking south towards Susupe and Tinian in the distance
Atop Mt. Tapochau, looking south towards Susupe and Tinian in the distance

Atop Mt. Tapochau, looking west towards Garapan and Managaha Island
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.

Maria Rita, Diva of the Latin Grammys

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.