Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Seawall at Sunset

Admittedly, if I keep this up, I'll have to name it the Beach Walk Blog. I can't help it,'s just so tempting. It calls to me.

My friend Janette (who lived here as a teen back in the 70's) warned me that my kids would spend the rest of their lives trying to get back to the ocean after living here...

The other day she also referred to the ocean's healing properties. As she put it, "Like a netti pot...without the nasal incontinence." And I have to agree. There's just nothing like the sensations the ocean provides.

Today was a long walk. I started in the big parking lot between Araha Beach and the sea wall, walked to the end of the beach and then back to the parking lot...and then headed to the sea wall, and walked that clear to the fence. I've taken this walk before, but had never experienced this before:

I was alone along this stretch of the water. Suddenly, this cat jumped up from the sea side of the wall and sounded the alarm...

Suddenly, I was surrounded by loud, desperate cats.

I have to admit, I got a little panicky...

Until I realized that they weren't going for my throat.

There were even more behind this fence, in what looks like a rundown park.

They just hung out, looking disappointed I wasn't their crazy cat lady coming to feed them.

I made a clean getaway from the cat gang, and after awhile, came across this:

I'm not sure whether they were a church group, or this was a class party or what...but they were fun to watch.

Just thought I'd share a little clip with you...Enjoy!

Friday, March 26, 2010

Getting Lost off of 330

I was lucky enough to have my husband join me today. (SWEET!) I wanted to make it a good one...something off the beaten path. Which is exactly what we got, but to tell you the truth, I had no idea where I was going, nor could I tell you how to get back there. We headed up 330 toward Gate 2 street, and before we got there, we made a left someplace that looked like it might lead somewhere. We parked in a grocery store (the kind with the birds on the logo) parking lot right across from this:

I figured, as long as we could see this landmark, we would know what direction to head to get back to our car.

It didn't take us long to find this very promising looking park.

I love the details...

like plants growing over each other.

See how gorgeous this path is? We didn't know where it was heading.

But it kept getting more and more narrow as we went.

For all we knew, this said, "Turn back while you still have the chance."

I was praying that I wouldn't brush up against anything poisonous here.

The path led to more stairs...

Which led to this very steep walkway.

Which led to an alley between houses. At this point we were hoping we weren't trespassing.

Isn't this a pretty manhole cover? Told you I loved the details.

I want this yard. Seriously! Wouldn't you love to have this guy as a neighbor?

And what neighborhood would be complete without the ancestors? This was one of the more upscale tombs we've seen.

I'll be looking for more walks like these!

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Walking Close to Home

These beautiful trees are in my own neighborhood. I wished I could have taken a photograph that looked like what I was seeing, because this just doesn't do it justice.

Each tree's flowers ranged from yellowish-peach to reddish-orange.

I'm not sure what kind of trees they are...but I love them.

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Lunch on Araha

While I realized I've already covered Araha Beach, I couldn't resist posting more photos, since my friend Kelly took me on her favorite walk yesterday. It was a gorgeous day.

If you look closely, you can see the Ferris wheel in the distance.

I should have turned on the video for this. These kids were having so much fun. It was a joy to watch.

As nice as the walk was, Kelly sweetened the deal with lunch at her favorite place...Daisy's. I was so hungry and the Thai plated rice was SO delicious, I didn't even think to get a photograph of it before I finished it off. Guess I'll have to go back.

We soaked in the view for a good long while, before finishing our walk.

I could do this every day!

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Kokusai Street

I could seriously take today's walk every day. Really, I could. Kokusai Street just floats my boat.

It is a feast for the eyes...

SO many people watching opportunities...

And vibrant, enticing shops to look at. The hardest part was to remind myself I was there to walk...not shop. But, I can always come back to shop later...and those Monchichis and pieces of pottery will still be there.

(Trivia: The red lanterns outside of a business identify it as an izakya...or "drinking restaurant". We'd call it a pub in the USA.)

The funny thing is, as much as I like to take my walks alone...I still feel alone enough, even in these crowds of people. I think part of the reason is I know that no one is going to bother me. One look at me and they know I don't speak the language and they leave me alone. It's kind of fun just experiencing all of this as a spectator.

LOVE this lizard. I wonder how big he really is.

Stitch is HUGE in Japan.

I LOVE these lucky cats. You can't tell from the photo...but yes, his arm was waving.


What!? They even have a Charlie's Tacos!? I will SO be back!

Believe it or not, I was actually able to keep up a very good pace. Only occasionally did I run into crowds like this...but they were there to shop, not for it was only a matter of time before they were distracted and out of my way again.

Walkingcam: Just wanted to share some of the sights and sounds with you.

I took some of the side streets, just for good measure.

I wonder if these are like Engrish shirts, but in reverse?

At this point, I was so overwhelmed with all the sights, I was just wandering around with my mouth hanging open. My 45 minutes was up (I had a time limit as I had a lunch party to make it to) so I didn't even get to walk all the way to the end of this. I'll be back.

Just one more interesting tidbit. Many of the sidewalks were made with stones like these. These reminded me of the castle.

I must have thought of at least 5 more places I want to walk today. And I've only scratched the surface!