Ie Shima is a small island, relatively flat, with one large hill that almost seems out of place. The big hill is called Mt. Gusuku. At he foot of the large hill is a gift shop and a place for cars and buses to park. There are stone and cement steps all the way to the summit. Valerie counted, but I have forgotten how many steps are involved in reaching the top. All I know is that I was huffing and puffing and sweating by the time we made it to the peak.
Valerie and I did the climb by ourselves because Murphy was still not feeling well. We passed some people who were descending as we made the climb, and when we got to the top we were the only ones there for a few minutes - but then a bunch of Japanese students joined us. One of the first teenage girls to arrive was wearing high heels!
|Valerie preparing to leave Murphy in the car at the|
Here are some photos of Mt. Gusuku, the most prominent physical feature on Ie Shima.
|Blooming foliage along the way|
|Me on the summit|
|Valerie on the summit|
|Note the high heels!|
|Other students just reaching the top|
|View of Ie Shima with Okinawa in the distance|
|More students arriving at the peak|
|And a few more!|
|Mt. Gusuku from a distance|