Lost Pond Field Trip

by Mengyi Jenny Sun

On the last day on Guam, we took a hike to the Lost Pond. It started with a green path with beautiful black butterflies flying around the top of trees. There were not many birds here, so the spiders kept the balance of the population of butterflies. I found a giant spider wrapping a butterfly with its net, which looked really sad. After walking for a few minutes, we reached the beach. Crabs were walking under the sunshine and there were many coconuts dropped on the sand. Although we had heard that the second cause of death in Guam is being hit by a mature coconut, we were still attracted to them. Wendy and Michele tried to climb a tree to pick up a coconut and used sharp stones to cut it up for milk. The tree climbing activity failed, but we still had a lot of fun.

I had never imagined that walking in the forest would be a really enjoyable activity. However, we got sweaty quickly, and the sharp leaves fell down on our way. The path was rocky, so we stepped on each stone carefully. The mosquitoes were strong, and the mosquito repellent made everyone cough badly, but mosquitoes still came to attack our arms bravely. It was easy to get lost in a forest like that. People started making strange sounds in the forest, so people who were walking behind could follow the sounds and find their way out. After a long and sweaty hike, we finally arrived at the pond. However, the water in the pond was dark green and not clear as we thought to be, and its smell was terrible. The pond was not as clear as David, who has lived in Guam for four years, saw a few years ago. Fortunately, we found a tree snail, which is an endangered species in Guam, under a big leaf there.

We saw two fishermen who were carrying two barrels of fish, part of the local fishery culture. Near the beach, there was a power planet supporting the local life and economy. In a few years, the United States Army is going to start the building up plan at Apra Harbor. With all kinds of human activities, can the wild land stand the damage? After another few years, will the pond be lost in the forest?

Mengyi Sun is a broadcast journalism major from Beijing, China. 

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