This year’s Sayonara Party was at a different beach than last year’s. We came down to the next prefecture to the south of Tokushima for a beach party to say goodbye to those that are leaving this year. Instead of camping, Brandon and I opted to stay in the hotel at the beach. We’re on the fifth floor with a pretty amazing view.
I can’t really talk about why I’m here, but I’m in Guam for about a day. I arrived this afternoon and leave tomorrow afternoon. I’m loving the weather and I actually got to wander down the beach and stick my feet in the water. It did me a world of good and chased that winter depression out of my soul…at last for a little while…until I get back to the cold tomorrow night.
The only thing missing is Brandon. And my cat.
We went to the beach on the south side of Shikoku. I think I took 4 pictures all day, so sorry it’s not a great one. It was a nice, relaxing day, and the weather managed to stay nice until after the sun went down.
I can’t write the post that I really want to write today. I’m worn out. Physically, mentally, emotionally worn out.
So I’m just going to say this. We spent a really nice day at the beach today, which is my happy place. Apparently it’s been storming all over the prefecture, but there was a protective bubble over the beach. The weather was absolutely beautiful. We got there around 2:30 and it didn’t start raining until we were leaving at 8:00 this evening.
This is what 90% chance of rain looked like at the beach today:
Maybe my Grandma knew I would need beach therapy and made sure I would get it.
It really does. I’m a beach kind of girl. Spending time with my toes in the sand, listening to waves crash is like therapy.
I started the day by locking my keys in my car. Then I didn’t know all the answers to the questions that would have summoned someone to pop the lock, so I had to ask Brandon to bring his keys in the afternoon. The problem was my backpack with my water bottle, lunch, wallet, money, bank card and ID was locked safely in my car.
Then it all got better. We went to the beach. I got to hang out with my feet in the sand, listen to waves crash and hunt for shells with my kids.
It was amazing.
Every few years, I seem to have a need to remind myself why drinking too much is really really stupid. That was last night. It was tons of fun, but I’ve been recovering all day.
During all the fun, there were lots of selfies…
Love this one. Love these girls!
Today was the Sayonara Beach Party for all of the JET (and other) folks who will be leaving soon. It was a fun day, but sad that we’ll have to say good bye to many friends soon.
We had some bakery goods first, but polished breakfast off with homemade salsa and lots of chips this morning:
The last hours of a successful beach party! (Minus Becky’s injury.)
Also, happy Father’s Day to all of the wonderful fathers in my life, and especially my own! You guys are pretty great!
We had an awesome day today. Sean, Ythen and I went snorkeling. The folks who own the house we are renting told us about this cool beach with great snorkeling, so we went to check it out. It was a great spot…even better than the one Brandon and I went to when we were on Oahu a couple of years ago. I had my camera with me, so I have pictures to share. Unfortunately, you can’t really see the screen, so you point, shoot, and hope something comes out. I have a few good pictures and a lot of crap pictures. Still really cool. I did take a couple of pictures of Sean, but he made me promise I wouldn’t post them.
When we got back to the house, Sean and Ythen decided to nap, so I went back to the first beach Ythen and I visited yesterday, but walked further down the coast. I came to a beach with a sign posted about it being a basking area for sea turtles. The lady we are renting from told me they come out at dawn and dusk and I was there are dusk, so I was hoping to see some turtles. There was only one on the beach, but that was awesome. I was able to get really close to take pictures. I have always loved sea turtles, so to be able to see one on the beach like this was awesome. I tried to do a little more snorkeling there, but the water was too shallow and there were a ton of sea urchins. I didn’t want to get stabbed repeatedly by sea urchins, so I got out of the water.
Next up is Volcano National Park tomorrow. I’m really looking forward to that. Until then, enjoy the pictures!
I couldn’t resist two obligatory sunset pictures…beautiful!
The obligatory Hawaiian sunset picture of the day.
This was the only turtle that was “basking” at the beach, but how cool is this???
While Ythen and Sean were napping, I found this beach that is designated as a “Feeding & Basking Area” for turtles.
The fish behind the yellow tang is actually pretty good size fish. I saw a lot of them, but didn’t get any really good pictures of them.
I have always liked yellow tangs…bright colorful fish…they are so pretty.
Wow…one that came out great!
This one didn’t seem to be very scared of me. It swam beside me for a little while.
This one let me get pretty close. I took a bunch, but it’s hard to take pictures underwater…you point, shoot, and hope you got something because you can’t see the screen.
I tried to take some cool pictures up close, but every time I went close to the bottom, all the fish swam away from me…so I got pictures of fish butts.
Red Pencil Urchin. These things are crazy…
Colorful fish in the coral.
Self portrait of the day.
Ythen was getting ready to go snorkeling.
I really do know how to take pictures!
We didn’t end up snorkeling today, but my nephew, Ythen, and I spent some time at two different beaches. It was a lot of fun and I am really enjoying being able to spend the time with him. He’s a smart kid and fun to hang out with. (Yes Ythen…I just called you a kid…ha!)
Anyway, I usually have a lot to say, but I’m really tired tonight, so we’re going to get on with the pictures and then I’m going to sleep! In my normal time zone, it is 4 in the morning right now. Here in Hawaii, it is 11 at night. My sleep schedule is a little messed up right now.
This little gecko was hanging out in the kitchen with us this morning. There are tons of them all over the house and outside. I’m happy to see them since they eat bugs!
A puffer fish hanging on the patio at our rental house. Kind of cool.
Ythen at the first beach we went to. We heard there is good snorkeling here and it’s about a block away from our rental, so we decided to check it out.
The beaches around Kona are a little different than I’m used to. Most of it is black lava rock, although some of them have small sandy areas. This is the beach close to the rental.
I’m not sure what this is, but they are all over the rocks at the tide line. I didn’t get crazy and touch one since I don’t know what it is, but they look really cool.
While we were at the close beach, Ythen decided to get in the water to see how far out the rocks went. His hair was a little bit of a problem until he got it wet! This was also right before his turtle encounter. He ducked under the water and came face to face with a sea turtle. It scared the crap out him since he wasn’t expecting it.
I found this cool tree and took several photos of the beach with the tree. Some of them came out quite well. It’s a shame that I sometimes have to come to a place like this to be reminded of how much and why I love photography so much. This spot really hit it home for me. It’s time to reconnect.
At the second beach we went to, the water was pretty clear of the lava rocks and much easier to swim in. Ythen and I spent the late afternoon swimming and watched the sun set from the water. Great times. The beach really is my happy place. I don’t think there’s anywhere else that makes me feel so calm and relaxed.
Another shot of the second beach. There were a lot of people there, but we went a little ways out from the shore and it was pretty quiet. There are lots of people on boogie boards at this beach…good people watching!
I almost feel bad about eating whales, but to quote Ythen “Yummy chocolately goodness!” We couldn’t pass these up at the store…they were chocolate covered macadamia nuts in the shape of a mother whale and her calf.