Tuesday, January 01, 2008

Forbidden Grotto

Forbidden Island GrottoIf you had asked me earlier today to show you to the Forbidden Grotto, I wouldn't have been able to do it. I knew it existed and I knew I'd been there before, I just forgot where it was and what it looked like.

Rika took me there today. When I climbed down into the dark cave and crawled into the opening with the cold clear pool of water, I recognized it immediately. I'd been to this spot before. Not only that, I've had dreams about this place. A lot of dreams. My conscious self had only forgotten that the place in my dreams was a real place.

Funny. I'm usually pretty good with memory stuff. For example, I was able to find the Banadero trail when I first came back to Saipan even though it had been 19 years since I had seen it. I don't know why I forgot about this cave.

I dream about the Forbidden Grotto often. Seriously. I can't say what goes on in the dreams, but I know this is the place I visit. Funny that I couldn't remember that the place in my dreams was a real place. Funny weird, not funny ha ha.

Crawling into the entrance of that cave was like slipping through the looking glass. I was entering into another world, possibly even intruding into another world. I had opened up a photo album and leapt into a forgotten childhood memory. A world of dreams that is very, very real.

It gave me chills. Hours later, I'm still haunted by that cave.

Forbidden Island Hidden Cave


Marianas Eye said...

Great piece of writing. Add it to "best of this blog".


Saipan Kat said...

It is beautiful down there. Sorry I missed the hike, whens the next one?

Tamara said...

Awesome photos!

Brad said...

Angelo, thanks again for showing me the way. I posted my photos but it may be a few days before I get any video added. This second photo of yours is great. Much better than anything I got. I wasn't able to 'catch' the blue tint of the water like you did. Great photo!

It was a fun day!

The Saipan Blogger アンジェロ・ビラゴメズ said...

It was a fun day. It was nice spending all afternoon down there. We didn't leave until about 4:30.

Bruce A. Bateman said...

Sorry I missed it. Probably more fun that riding go carts with a 3 year old. By hey, they are only three once (thank goodness).

The Saipan Blogger アンジェロ・ビラゴメズ said...

Bruce, are you on the Beautify CNMI list?

I'm thinking that going on hikes would be a good Beautify CNMI activity. We've done so much work in the last two years to improve this place, it is time we started enjoying it.