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.
This weekend, Ben and I attended our FOURTH Marine Ball together - where does the time go?! 2017 marked 242 years of tradition, honor, and kickin' ass for the USMC. I'm grateful that I've had the opportunity to celebrate this birthday with our country's finest fighting force for the past four years and hopefully will for many more.
We're Kara and Ben, a Marine Corps family currently stationed in Okinawa, Japan. Enjoy our adventures, travels, photos, thoughts, and life together halfway around the world!
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