December 31st not only marks the end of 2017, but it's also mine and Ben's 2nd wedding anniversary! Needless to say, we feel very reflective during this time since we're celebrating both the end of a calendar year and another year of marriage. We really love that our wedding anniversary closes out the year because anything that happened in 2017 was undoubtedly our second year of marriage so it's easy to keep track (kind of convenient, right?) Not to mention, we always get the day off after our anniversary which is why having a holiday wedding is seriously underrated!
After paying our respects at Sad Cave, Kara and I were ready to set out for Shimuku Gama, or Happy Cave in Okinawa, Japan. Shimuku Gama is about 2 km from Chibichiri Gama. Amazingly, before American bombardment caved in the passage, the two were actually the same cave and you could walk from one entrance to the other! Now a days it's a short drive.
This is Ben signing on for this post. Over the weekend, Kara and I visited two caves up in the Okinawan village of Namihara. On an island spotted with caves, these two are noteworthy for their World War II significance. The history behind these natural sights truly is a "Tale of Two Caves," so I will start here with the story and our experience of Chibichiri Gama, often known colloquially as Sad Cave.
Much to my dismay, it’s been rainy and/or cloudy out for the past four or so weeks in Okinawa. Considering last fall brought nothing but bright blue skies and sunshine, this endless dreary weather has been a huge bummer. On the rare occasion that the sun does decide to tease us with a ray or two, it always tends to be during the work week. This would be greatly appreciated... If I wasn’t trapped inside my office with no chance of escaping! Excuse my flare for the dramatics, but this crummy weather has been the bane of my existence and has literally put a damper on so many of mine and Bens plans.
We're Kara, Ben and baby Zoe also known as the Lesniaks. We’re a Marine Corps family currently stationed in Yorktown, Virginia after a three year tour in Okinawa, Japan. Enjoy our adventures, travels, photos, thoughts, and life together!
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