Winding Down 2021.10.22
The days were rushing by. Soon our idyllic break from reality would be over. We had accomplished a lot. Again, being with younger people was heaven-sent. They planned the activities and had a lot of energy which was infectious and refreshing. We had done a few beaches, Okinawa World, scuba diving and our next adventure was a question mark. We were all tired and I felt like at that point the planners had run out of ideas and enthusiasm. Event planning is hard and mentally draining. So we awoke on our last day with nothing in particular in mind. It was still early so there was time to toss ideas about. How about taking the ferry and going to one of the less populated but tourist friendly islands close to the main island someone suggested. Things started to come together quickly - plotted by only a few people of course. A few phone calls were made because of the typhoon season and the fact that the coronavirus threat of infection was hanging over everything (it was still pretty new and unknown) so we had to make sure the port was open and that ferries were running. The island that was suggested was not available so we settled for second best which was actually pretty great in terms of time and convenience. The ferry ride was supposed to be only forty five minutes compared to the other island which was around two hours. Members of the group who were later afflicted by terrible seasickness could later praise the heavens and the Gods for the small mercy that had been in the form of this back-up plan. A few guys ran to the ferry to buy tickets for everyone while others went to grab breakfast or hurriedly got ready to run down to the port. I was one of the few getting ready but in short time we were speed walking down the port. We made it in time and the outdoor breeze passing through the seating area at the back of the ferry was glorious. I saw so many people that morning throwing up as the waves started tossing the boat around. The toilet had constant traffic and although I was close to joining the throng, I steeled my mind and body and forbade it to react. My friend was not so lucky and sat inside, in a folded up heap, looking grey and pale. Poor darling.
I'm like a chihuahua. Small but fierce and full of energy. I'm generally a positive person and try to make the best of each day.