Sunday, April 18, 2010

Northern Venture

Boots and I went up to explore the most northern point of Okinawa, Cape Hedo, that I heard boasts fantastic panoramic views of the ocean and cliffy coast line and is a "must see" of the island. So, I packed a picnic lunch and we headed up the expressway. Once we got off on 58 we enjoyed the drive along the coast line with the green blue ocean on one side and vegetation covered mountains on the other. When we parked at Cape Hedo we could hear the roar of the ocean and scampered like giggly kids to the edge to watch the waves smash against the cliffs. The air was full of sea mist and energy from the waves. Many people came equipped with their telephoto lenses and tripods, but even my point and shoot had no problem capturing the beauty of this place.

Everywhere you turned to look was a spectacular view of huge, powerful waves and the serene coast line. I could have stayed in this spot all day.

And I love the little gems of Okinawan culture everywhere we go.

But, of course there was more to see just on the other side of the point. The cliffs let up and gave way to a beautiful beach that we later found our way down to. We had a great time carefully picking our way across the sharp rock to get to the edge for and even better view.

And check out this perfect picnic spot! Perfect place to rest and take it all in.

When we drove in to Cape Hedo we saw a sign going in the opposite direction for a cliff view something-or-other. So, we decided to go check it out and as we pulled up a Japanese man came running out motioning for us to park and handed us a brochure through the window of our car. We gathered from him that a bus was involved and that there were 4 different courses to go on, but didn't know if we were driving them, walking them, or what. We decided to go for it, what ever it might be, went to the counter, got our tickets and were instructed to wait on a bench for the bus.

Our brochure told us that we were going to Sekirinzan Kouen, or Okinawa quasi-national park. It said that a karst developed 200 million years ago from limestone rocks. The rocks are made into weird shapes by rain and water and that Okinawa is the only prefecture in Japan to have a tropical karst. Cool.

So there were courses consisting of a Strange and Big Rocks course, Beautiful Sea course and Subtropical Nature Forest course. The bus took us into the park and dropped us off to to walk the courses and explore. It was and unexpected, fun hike!
Next we went down the road to find the beach we saw down below us when we were on Hedo Point. We found it easily and wow, was it ever beautiful!

It was time to start heading back down south, but we decided to stop into a little cafe we saw for a snack. This cafe was adorable, had a perfect view and the nicest owners.

After our snack we walked across the street to yet another beautiful beach. It was late afternoon, the sun was starting to go down, it had been a perfect day. Bliss!


Aliya said...

What a fun day! I love that you guys are such adventurers :)

Can you have waffle?? :)

Becca Runs Sometimes said...

Love your pictures!
Also thoroughly entertained by "can you have waffle?" :)

lo said...

Looks like you are in a lil piece of heaven my love!!! I hope Sarah doesnt see this post....she will prob joke on your shoes :)

Eve said...

haha yeah Engrish is all over and it cracks me up too! What Lauren? You don't think Sarah would like my Merrells? haha! They are perfect for hiking and climbing around on the sharp rocks here and for going on the beach and in the water with all the coral. I love them! :o) You can get them here:

lo said...

Thats amazing Evie! I will buy sarah a pair, I need some comfy walking shoes I might have to check them out, I hope the come in PINK!

mary and Sean said...

Your pictures are great! I really like the new look of your blog too!

Kate said...

Love your photos, my Evie! That looks like a fantastic spot- I hope you guys get the chance to go there often and enjoy the beach. You both look happy, which makes me happy. :)