We're under the 1 year mark of our time left on Okinawa, and we resolved to get the most out of our time on this tiny island as we can.
That's why we decided to go hiking over the weekend. Fresh air, ocean views, and jungle atmosphere. We randomly chose a trail without too much thinking (always a good idea), and set off.
Our intentions were in the right place, but we soon realized we were less than prepared for hiking in dense jungle. We were wearing flimsy shoes, the kind you might go rafting in. In my black cat coffee tumbler, we had about 3/4 cup of water. And somehow we forgot to take our cell phones.
We have inadequate water, footwear, and orientation, but look, I'm wearing my chandelier earrings!
Due to recent rains, the trail was really muddy, so there was a lot of squishing and sloshing around. I slipped a few times, but didn't fall in the mud. We also had to grab onto bamboo poles to hoist ourselves up over tricky areas.
The path was also quite overgrown and there were interesting things to look at like the purple UFO looking mushrooms growing on the sides of trees (no picture, sorry) and yellow and black striped spiders, butterflies, and praying mantis.
Also, we each separately contemplated the chance of seeing a habu snake too, local to this island and very poisonous. However, neither of us brought up the subject of snakes to the other, hoping to keep the outing calm and panic free.
There was a point that we thought about turning around, unsure if we were heading towards anything worthwhile.
But we finally came upon this lookout point.
... where we had to take a series of photos gazing out, being goofy, and pretending to jump...
Oh yes, bug bite counts. Me: I counted 35. Sean: none. What is up with that?
We chose the trail from a hiking list compiled by the Schilling Community Center. If you live in Okinawa, check out the list here.