“He who returns from a journey is not the same as he who left.” ~ Chinese Proverb
“No man needs a vacation so much as the man who has just had one.” ~ Elbert Hubbard
“A good traveler has no fixed plans and is not intent upon arriving.” ~ Lao Tzu
It’s that time of year for, yes, you guessed it: Summer Vacation! The wife and I are departing tomorrow (Saturday, 24 May 2014) for a 4-day retreat in the southern most reaches of the Ryukyu Islands, of which Okinawa anchors. We will be staying at a rather remote resort on Iriomote island, and although it is the 2nd largest island in the Ryukyu (after Okinawa) chain, there are only about 2,000 residents…but over 150,000 tourists every year! Most of the interior of the island remains rugged and inaccessible jungle, which has become one of Japan’s largest National Parks. We look forward to some serious unwinding, river kayaking, waterfall trekking, eco-tours, and ox cart taxis to name just a few…. Oh, but mostly just vegging by the pool and on the island’s “Star Sand” beach.
Upon our return we will have less than 24 hours to do a quick laundry and repack our bags for our first trip back to the states since being flung over to the Far East. We will be checking in on family in South Carolina, I’ll be giving my daughter away in her wedding in South Beach (Miami) and visiting with my granddaughter who is now 18 months old, and then we’ll finally head “home” for a few days in Pensacola, Florida, to check on our rental home and catch up with all our close friends.
Between being pretty seriously ill most of this month and these upcoming vacations, May has turned out to be a blog-lite month for the Far East Fling. No worries though; I plan to return to publishing our Far East Flirtations with great fervor upon our return to our sub-tropical paradise in mid-June.
Stay tuned. Our Far Eastern Flirtations never end! Cheers, Kevin and Jody, Okinawa, Japan.