Camping on the beach was fun and each night after the first was a lot better. After struggling with getting the tent to stand properly because of the wind, we were able to have breeze move through the windows of the tent and hear the ocean close by. It is summer in Okinawa, so very hot, and at night it only cools down just a little bit. I guess it was supposed to rain all weekend but we stayed dry and got to enjoy the outdoors.
Saturday John took me to lunch with some of his friends at the marina and I got to eat some very delicious food. We ordered some appetizers that included crab cakes and calamari. The crab cakes were absolutely the best I have ever had. For my lunch I ordered mahi-mahi fish tacos. My mouth is watering just thinking about them. It came with coleslaw and it was so fresh and light. It had a hint of lime and was a perfect combination with the tacos. Because I love food and am spoiled, John ordered us dessert too. We shared a terrimasu which came in this cup and was beautifully displayed. I want to start creating dishes that are likes work of art because it just makes the food taste even better! I strongly believe we eat with our eyes too.
After lunch we all went swimming. There was a giant cliff that we could see from our lunch table and we decided we wanted to swim out to it and jump off. I just enjoyed the water and watched for a majority of it, but then decided it was time for me to take the plunge. I borrowed someone's water shoes and climbed up onto the island. It was surrounded with hard rocks and coral and then when you get up to the cliff you have to use a rope to climb up the side. Then, we had to climb through a tunnel of brush and trees to get to the edge of the cliff. It was probably about 30-40 feet up and when standing on the edge the water was the most beautiful blue. I took a deep breath and jumped. I was only falling for a couple seconds before I was submerged and had tthe biggest wedgie of my lifetime. It was a thrill and exhillerating. If I had my own water shoes with me I would have jumped again.
After the long swim and cliff jumping adventure John and I were going to go to a concert but ending up passing out taking a nap instead. You know that feeling of just being drained from being in the sun all day, yeah, times that by like three because the sun is intense in Okinawa.
We did laundry and had movie night and just enjoyed each other's company.
Sunday I had the pleasure of going to chapel with John and helping with the worship service. I sang with John and Abby while they played ukalele and guitar. We were also joined by a gentleman named Byron. He played an instrument that is native to Japan and quite popular specifically in Okinawa. It has three strings and the body is like snake skin. It almost sounds like a banjo with the plucking of the strings. It was fun and the serman was great.
In the afternoon John and I went to a sushi place, conveyor belt style and gorged ourselves with delicious fish and rice. We relaxed the rest of the afternoon watching movies and doing more laundry. We got to move back into the cabin after taking our tent down that afternoon and just in time because it started to rain after lunch.
It is a beautiful island and I can't wait to see more if it. Here is a picture of Booberry and hopefully I'll get the footage of me jumping off the cliff so I can share it. More to come soon!!