Some folk refer to Key West, as paradise. But having lived both places for a few years, I pick GITMO!
For one thing, 99% of the days are beautiful, AND fishing is great. We and three more couples went together and bought a Barrel Boat (Pontoon boat with pontoons of Barrels), wow the fun we had aboard the ‘Red Snapper’. Many days Sherry and I would spend our lunch hour aboard where it was tied up (just us). Our favorite lunch was splitting a Ham and Swiss on rye, with a mixture of mustard and mayo on the bread. We would share a bag of Fritos and a Pepsi. Lunch was so relaxing and SWEET.
(This a shot on the boat, not lunch of course, things were casual in Gitmo, but she did not wear shorts to work )
The joys of our stay are innumerable. Swimming, snorkeling and picnicking.
There is a Marine base aboard as everyone knows now, but then they manned the gate and fence line. I mentioned before we were surrounded by a live landmine field. The mine fields were fenced with huge warning signs. In our time there no one was ever hurt by a mine.
One of the things to do was take a fence line tour. So we did. WE loaded aboard a couple 6x6 USMC trucks and rode the fence line. This is the Gate that leads into Cuba. The only folks using this gate was 150 ‘commuters’ who entered and left every day.
There wasn’t much to see, but it was something different to do. What you see below is the majority of the trip.
This is one of the guard posts overlooking the fence line.
Below is the Gate again going into Camanero, Cuba.
WE had a huge Banyan tree behind our second home in GITMO. I built a BBQ grill, Bar and deck out back. PO3 Dave Bottoms was visiting this day and Jack had Grouch. Jack still tells folks he once had a dog that could climb a tree. Grouch did climb this one.
Down near Ferry landing is this monument a tribute to Christopher Columbus who landed here after Discovering America.
More on life in paradise next time. As you can see for us, requesting duty here, was a very wise move.
Thanks for stopping by.
Sherry and I talk about how life must have changed on GITMO with the building of the Famous or Infamous Prison, out on the USMC site.
I regret not having found any pictures of our GITMOBILES, BUT I hope to before this series is done.
My good friend Dallas Fletcher had an Olds like this at Camp Lejeune.