The morning sun feels good too.
Perfect roads for taking walks.
Walking in the morning sure feels good. The sunlight is soft, and wintertime in Miyakojima is really pleasant. My heart beats a little faster when I go somewhere for the first time, and with every new little find comes one more reminder that I am in Okinawa.
I always think how much cooler it would be if I could only speak dog language. But pets can understand their owner's language. When I find the beach and say, "Race you to the water!" he charges off, hardly able to contain himself- "Let me see it up close!" Whenever we are together I feel like the world is at peace, but especially when we are in the midst of nature herself in Miyakojima, I can almost forget that I am living life as a human.
Adventure by a sea kayak.
Magnificent beach views that take your breath away.
Go off on a journey with your little buddy.
We stopped in at a sea kayak rental shop we came across during our walk. The weather was unbelievably beautiful for a winter's day, and I got carried away- Let's have an adventure! I've seen it on TV and always thought I'd like to go kayaking someday with my little buddy. To think that dream can come true right here ... What an adventure this will be! They even have life jackets for dogs so I felt super safe. I rent a life jacket for myself, and we're off to the ocean!
"Are there fish here?! .. Are we going to see fish?!" Watching my baby yelp with excitement I can see that he really loves playing outside in nature. He is interested in anything that moves, and sometimes he sits perfectly still just staring at a single spot as if he has found something. He really is the cutest thing.
He seems to be looking at some far off point while enjoying the breeze at the front of the kayak, when suddenly he looks at me as if to say, "I would be too afraid to ride a kayak by myself, but when I'm with you, it's no big deal!" Even his expression looks like he is talking tough to feel brave.
Pet friendly vacation rentals.
Tonight, let's stay somewhere laid-back, just the two of us.
Miyakojima has tons of hotels and inns where you can stay with your pet. I didn't know which one to pick, but since the whole idea of coming to Miyakojima was to take it easy, I thought it might be nice to spend my vacation as if I lived here, in a quiet spot a little off the beaten path.
Maybe it's because the grass feels so good, but he's running and rolling around like crazy. Since early morning, an epic walk and a great adventure on the ocean ... he's so energetic. But I'm a little tired so I think it's time for a little rest. Let's take it easy for a bit and then go out to eat together. You should be looking forward to it, because today's meal is going to be a special one.
Even on the way to the restaurant, the scenery of Miyakojima, the Okinawan essence, puts my mind at ease. The flowers blooming in the eaves of the houses, the shiisa lion roof ornaments, the unique walls. One by one these inanimate objects are talking to me, telling me to slow down and take it easy. I love to travel and have been all kinds of places, but this place holds a mysterious attraction.
So happy that the restaurant that lets us sit together has a special just for us. You know how you can hardly stand it when you have to sit on the side looking enviously at the humans as they get to eat the most delicious food? Well today, we are going to eat that delicious food together.
Let's go find some friends.
It's fun to walk a road we've never been on before, with no particular place to go. Maybe some people would feel like it was a waste of time to just walk, but for me, walking is when the gods smile down on me. Just when I felt like having some tropical sweet, it seems to just appear, a sweets shop! "For some reason, today is a mango smoothie type of day." I love feeling like that.
The house dog of the sweet shop and his pals are getting together for a meeting (chat) in front. It never takes long at all to get friendly with people who have pets. The warm ambiance of this cafe- I decide this is one of my favorite places.
Time to go, because my sweetie is still ready to play. Let's stay out till dark, and go here, there and everywhere.
Dusk with clouds slowly floating by, gently healing.
Spending time in such a laid-back way- today passed by like a dream. Traveling with your pet might have certain limitations, but a place like Miyakojima where you can relax and take it easy together is like an animal-lovers paradise- time together is the greatest extravagance of all.
This is the time of year right before the island starts to come alive as a tourist resort. It's not noisy, and while it is a very commonplace kind of quiet, unlike the robotic silence of everyday life in the city, it is a deep stillness that seems to be watching over you warmly. Maybe it's just something in the air at Miyakojima.
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