Tuesday, September 10, 2013

A Labor Day, Space A Adventure - Part 2

On Saturday morning, we set off to explore the northern half of Okinawa before heading south for the next two nights.  We started our day with a hike to Hiji Falls.  

Start of the hike

This suspension bridge was the halfway point!


The trail was lots of up and down ...

Hiji Falls

J. loves the construction worker cartoon on these signs!

We saw a snake on our hike down!

From Hiji Falls, we drove north on 58 to the northernmost point on the island - Cape Hedo.

We stopped on the side of the road to take this picture ... the coastline was miles and miles (excuse me, kilometers and kilometers) of this gorgeous view!

At Cape Hedo

Looking out over the East China Sea and the Pacific Ocean ... this is where they meet ... we dipped our feet in both the East China Sea and the Pacific Ocean that day!

I could not get over this view ... it's breathtaking!

Monument in honor of friendship on Cape Hedo

Do you see that large chicken sticking out of the hillside?

He was our next destination!

It was seriously one of the most bizarre things I have ever seen ...

and J. has decided that this is where he wants his ashes scattered.

Looking back towards Cape Hedo from the giant chicken!

The road along the coast was home to many of these mausoleums ...

A beach near the big chicken ...

It was 1:30 p.m. on a Saturday and we were the only people on this beach ...

Looking down the road at the mausoleums

Looking back down the coast from a clifftop viewpoint ...

We headed back down 58 (our most favorite road on the island), checked into our hotel and spent the rest of the afternoon on the beach!

We did venture out for dinner ... to Wine + Pizza 58.  It was a tad bit hard to find (we drove past it twice) but it was so worth the drive!  We had delicious garlic bread in a pesto sauce and two pizzas and there were no leftovers! 

They served my Quattro Formaggi with maple syrup!  I was slightly skeptical about the combination but am happy to report that it was delicious!  Who knew?

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