Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Random pics

Adrienne had a couple of random pictures on her camera that I wanted but had already posted the blogs...

Adrienne and I with the original Thomas...we've named our car Thomas - I think I can I think I can...we hope he can :)

This was the rock that Adrienne had to duck to go through...I on the other hand am short! Although, I bought a pair of jeans here - tired of my pants being to big...I bought a Large...they're a little snug, but the LL was too big, the whole thing is a little sad

HA HA HA - I'm Roaring with the dinosaur rock...I'm funny, I know :)

Monday, December 29, 2008

Day 3

We went inside the aquarium this time around - it's the 2nd largest in the world and we had a lot of fun! Typical aquarium, lots of funny looking fish! We sat and waited for the whale shark feeding for an hour - the places was PACKED and we had gotten a seat, so we were afraid to move...we solved the world's problems as we sat and chatted in front of the huge tank (an indoor sea wall!)

The view from the aquarium entrance
I was going to get a drink of water, but the sign above said not for drinking, gargle only...the peddles on the water fountains made me laugh...I passed on them though!
This poor guy looked so awkward trying to swim...big nose, little fins, doesn't seem fair!
This was the huge tank - we were contemplating if everyone gets along in there or if they have sea bullies :)
Jellyfish are my favorite I think - so delicate, but so strong!
I'd never seen these eels before, they bury themselves and wait for plankton
Pink fish - fun!
Big lipped fish and a sea turtle too
This was only part of the crowd waiting for the feeding - CRAZY!!!

From our seats waiting....
The whale shark eating...see Sarah, sharks can't eat you, their mouths don't open up that much!

They were SO neat to watch!
This one just made me laugh
It's just like shark week :)
HELP! I'm being eaten by a shark...
Adrienne's dissecting the shark...interesting display
When we left it had started raining...
The next stop was the butterfly garden - way cool! We had some other tourists take our picture - they were fascinated that we were from America and school teachers...there was much ooohhing and ahhhing

The view from the garden
I got to hold the butterflies!

Butterfly fairy...my face wouldn't fit in the little hole though :(

The chrysalis was SO shiny, much more interesting than the painted lady butterflies I usually raise with my kids!
Adrienne was trying to convince the butterfly it liked pink so it would land on her sweater again for a picture!

Sunday, December 28, 2008

Day 2

We set off for the zoo today...most interesting zoo I've ever been to - kind of a cross between a petting zoo and the wild animal park! As soon as we went through the entrance doors we were accosted by birds! We could have bought food apparently to feed them, but we missed that part :) Adrienne was a little nervous about being pooped on and I spent the time trying to pet them but with no food I didn't have any luck!
His hairdo made me giggle :)

As we were walking through I noticed this sign...apparently I didn't understand it, I found the tree, but no bat...maybe it doesn't work that way??

Next we went to the world's STRANGEST petting zoo - this little guy was super cute, but wouldn't stand still long enough to pet

Petting zoo: goats - check, pigs - check, llamas - check, DOGS???? um ok...sure :) People were paying money to go pet dogs...interesting! We just watched in awe

I'm getting SO good at taking our own pictures...Adrienne and I at the zoo

We took a little break to eat a slushy despite the weather - we both have a slushy addiction here - they're SO good! We saw this little peddle boat going by and I couldn't figure out why they wanted to go around this gross little swamp in a swan, but whatever floats your peddle boat huh?

The porcupines had quite the game of follow the leader going on!

I love the monkeys - these ones started a riot in the monkey area...having to much fun disturbed the rest of the cages and it got really noisy for awhile!

Turtle pyramid!

After the zoo we had lunch at Mos Burger...Japanese burger place that we've tried before...bad burgers, but apparently they have good chicken. It was pretty good, a little fatty and I accidentally ordered coffee (the menu is not in English) so that was a bit unfortunate - WAY to strong for me! After that we headed to Fruit Land (total bust...plants, some birds, and that's about it...oops!) Next door to Fruit Land is our beloved Pineapple Park so we enjoyed our pineapple cart again and all the samples...YUM! We got 3 boxes of cookies, Adrienne's face wash and a new purchase - pineapple perfume...I know I know, we are total tourists, but it smells really good and it comes in 2 halves, yellow for me, pink for Adrienne and the whole thing looks like a pineapple - very cute!

Saturday, December 27, 2008

Day 1

It was so nice to sleep in a bit today J We got up around 8:30…noise in the hall…I read for awhile, checked email and such and then got ready for the day. We had lunch at KFC….SO different than the States…smaller too…we joked that we would be hungrier than expected! After lunch we headed ALL the way up north to Cape Hedo, where the East China Sea meets the Pacific Ocean – absolutely gorgeous view of nothing but ocean. I live on a very small island in the middle of NOTHING but water…strange to see that so clearly today. On a TMI note, I wanted to use the bathroom before we went to our next stop…a geological formation called Asumui which we thought was going to be a quick stop, but there was still a long drive after that. Anyway – NOTHING but Japanese style toilets, oh dear, passed on that. It was even worse at our next stop, port a potties...JAPANESE STYLE!!!! NOT GOOD!

On our drive up to Cape Hedo...seriously, I can't believe I live here...

This is what Cal Trans needs...it's on a timer on both ends and everyone actually works instead of wasting man power on being a road sign...super cool!
Out there is where my side of the world meets your side...AKA East China Sea meets Pacific Ocean

NOTHING but water...strange
We headed to Asumui and discovered that it was more of a hike than a stop and a fee that hadn’t been mentioned in the book….OOPS! Oh well, we got on the shuttle for a VERY bumpy trip to the starting point and enjoyed a real toilet - THANK GOODNESS!!! yea yea, TMI over :) We had a good time walking around and seeing the limestone rocks and the jungle :)

Adrienne says it's my fault she's always ahead of me...I figure she never stops to wait for my picture taking :)
The dinosaur rock....ROAR!
We asked a Japanese family to take our picture at the "panoramic view" not our best shot...oh well!

I was fascinated by all the trees growing out of the rocks

I've decided I live with one of the funniest girls ever...she makes me laugh a lot! Anyway, I went through this very small opening in the rock first and got a lovely shot of our tall friend :)

Some of the rock formations and the pond
Adrienne thinks I have a Banyan tree crush...not really - I just never got a picture of me and the tree that we went to in Nago since she refused to get out of the car...I figure I can make up for it now! They really are fascinating though how they grow roots out of their branches

After our little hike we stopped at a weaving factory, it was interesting to see the traditional weaving...really pretty...REALLY expensive! We couldn't find the glass or pottery place but that was ok...we were a little tired anyway!