Wednesday, March 6, 2013
Selected Scenes: The Hike Up Mt.Yonaha (与那覇岳) Okinawa
This series of photos was taken, today as we hiked up the tallest mountain on Okinawa.
It should give the viewer a sense of what to expect to see along the route.
There isn't any special mountain climbing gear required to scale this big hill.
Sturdy walking shoes and the will to reach the top are all that's needed.
This landslide probably happened during one of last year's typhoons.
Fallen trees, you have a choice. Go over, under or, around them.
It's a designated Wildlife Protection Area so, I wouldn't mess with anything. Not even a fallen tree.
There is a surprising amount of bamboo growing on the mountain.
Going under fallen trees got tiring so, I opted to go over some of them.
The trail is definitely, NOT Flip-flop, Baby Buggy or, Skateboard Friendly !
If you wear a backpack or, carry little critters on your back, Be Careful.
Every once in awhile, I got hung-up or, unintentionally, banged my head on something.
Plan on spending an hour and a half or, two hours getting to the top.
And, the same amount of time on the return trip, so you don't slip and fall.
This 498 meter sign, is at the end of the trail and I figured we gotterdun.
But, Doc Graff and Map It Okinawa talked to some local gals and found out something.
Somewhere, around that place there's a higher point that comes to 503 meters.
That means, as soon as my legs and back quit hurtin' we have to climb back up Mt. Yonaha.
And, getterdun properly. Dagnabbit !