Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Like an Oasis

It has been a while since I did any caching. I was finally able to stop on my way home from work on Monday afternoon and find a newly hidden geocache at a beach near Kin. The beach isn't far from where I work, and it was a two part "multi-cache." Part one wasn't very tough to find, but the surrounding materials were sharp, and I left a small blood sample.

Today, I was able to hit a few caches while out with my wife doing some running around in the Awase area. A couple were at some small parks, one was at a Japanese department store and a local was sitting right in front of it, so I couldn't even search for it.

The last one I found was at a large "sports park." There were kelp farmers there, and it was low tide. Apparently, there is a specific type of sea weed here (algae maybe?) that is used to wrap sushi rolls, and another type that is supposed to be very rare. This particular geocache was hidden in the roots of a tree that was covered in thorns. I gave another small blood sample there, and my wife and I were on our way.

It was nice to get out and about again, since the weather has been pretty wet lately. I've also been dealing with a problem with one of my feet. I'll have to hope it gets better soon, since I can't afford to be laid up on one hoof.

Here's some pictures from today (you can click for the full size versions):

It's low tide!

Kelp farming

At the park, but I can't read it

The Kin power plant in the background


cary said...

I really enjoy the occasional picture from the Island - it helps stir some memories of long, long ago.

Just John said...

Hi Cary. I'm glad that I get to see as much of the island as I do. There's even some people that spend three years here and never go anywhere off-base! I'll keep the pictures coming, and I hope that you and Gary (and everyone else, of course) enjoy them.

cary said...

I knew guys like that - wherever we went on deployment, they wouldn't leave the Battalion area. I mean, come on! Here we are in places like Okinawa and the surrounding islands, mainland Japan, Korea, Sri Lanka, Australia, wherever, and they wouldn't go see the local sites! What, were they saving that for when they toured the world as civilians? I made it a point to get out and about, take hikes on liberty, and just cruise around the towns. Yes, I drank my way across most of the South Pacific, but I also made some sober memories that I cherish to this day.

P.J. said...

It had been nice weather here until the past few days when the rainy/snowy weather returned. Saturday looks good though and I am hoping to do some caching then!