I went on a leisurely drive to a couple of the nearby islands today. My wife and kids joined me on an afternoon trip to Henza Island, Hamahiga Island, and Ikei Island (pronounced eee-kay). I was three for five on geocaches today, and that's just fine; I had fun searching. You can click on any of the pictures below for larger versions.
We crossed the bridge to Henza Island, and stopped at a park on the causeway, where I did not find (DNF'd) the cache there. I have been to this geocache three times now, and just can't seem to come up with it. Some caches are easy, and some are not. Next, we continued across the causeway to Henza Island, and made the turnoff toward Hamahiga Island.
There's a memorial on Hamahiga Island to Colonel K.H. Shelly, and I never would have found it without the hobby of Geocaching to guide me there. My daughter and I made the quick find, I picked up a geocoin, and off we went on our tour of these outlying islands.
Next, we crossed back to Henza Island, and stopped at a marina and park there. This was a neat little park, and appeared to be a bit under-used. The cache container was a pelican case, which I think are perfect for this hobby (water-tight year 'round), and it was an easy find. Off to Ikei Island!
We wound our way through the cliffs and ravines of the islands and stopped just after Ikei Beach. We walked a jungle trail to a small, secluded beach that seems to be frequented by mostly locals. I made quick work of the cache there, and then joined my wife and kids for a walk along the beach. We picked up a few shells and "sea glass," and then got back in our van for to head toward an obscure little park.
In the middle of a farmer's field is a little grove that shelters an ancient (300 B.C.) ruin of an Okinawan village. Some of the huts have been renovated, and the site would be overlooked by most Gaijin if it were not for Geocaching. I have been to this site once before, and I had a repeat of that visit today. I enjoyed going to the little park, but I couldn't find the geocache. I think it may have been swiped, since there isn't much at the published coordinates to search through. There's also a string of DNFs before my logged visit. Bummer; this was a great spot for a cache.
Overall, today was a fun day, and I'm glad I got to share it with my family.