It was turning out to be the typical Clampitt vacation. A perfect storm of sorts. We boarded a plane headed 3 hours south toward Okinawa, then another 45 minutes further south to Ishigaki Island. So did several right-wing activists ready to raise flags on the disputed islands of Takeshima. Two typhoons headed up from the south just in case one decided to veer off course thereby missing a rendezvous with our vacation.
The forecast for our vacation looked liked reading and tv.
Our Pokemon plane raced Hello Kitty down the tarmac. No amount of fire or water Pokemon can stop the Kitty when she`s got places to go and people to see. She shook us like Kitty Litter.
Elation, surprise, a warm and tingly feeling in my wallet area were just some of the emotions I felt upon seeing sunny skies as we closed in on Ishigaki Island.
Question for the audience-
Q) What happened when the Clampitt family arrived at the hotel with sunny skies and the potential of rain for the remainder of the vacation?
A) It divided the family along a natural schism. Activity level. The adrenaline junkies vs. the Zen masters.
Offspring #1 and I hit the water still clothed while Spouse and Offspring #2 rushed to the beach, turned the rotisserie to “on” and started a long, slow roast.
Spouse and Offspring #2`s Perspective of Ishigaki Island:
Ouisar-san and Offspring #1`s view of Ishigaki Island:
It wouldn`t have been a family vacation without a few enforced family activities.
Offspring #2 won the fishing derby. Unlike fishing we Clampitts have done, this was very, hmmm, efficient. The blue bottle was filled with small fish, then several hooks were placed along the line below. The fish then swarm the bait bottle in a feeding frenzy. Once the fisherperson feels a nudge- yank. Offspring #2 was able to pull ahead in the derby by catching multiple fish in one cast. The captain made the game more entertaining by subtracting points for small fish. He`s lucky there wasn`t a mutiny whereby he became the next thing used for bait.
Snorkeling the caves surrounding the island.
One of the 7 Lucky Gods of Japan, Ebisu, who holds a fish, must have decided we needed a break. And not the kind that has sidelined OS#1 for the Fall sports season and involves a hip. Both typhoons hit China, the activists which have since launched the international incident between Japan and South Korea didn`t make it down until we left, and the sun beat down mercilessly throughout our visit.
Which might explain why there aren`t any pictures of Ishigaki Island. We spent all our time in the water.
Ishigaki Island- add it to your bucket list.