What do you do on a random Wednesday off of school? We had to take the dog to the vet (He had kennel cough. Who knew they could get that without being at a kennel?), so our original plans for the day were cancelled. Instead, I decided to take the kids to some of the last parks on island we haven’t been to yet.
We headed north to Kenmin-no-Mori first. The only reason I wanted to go to this park was for the skiing. Yes, I said skiing.
The park itself is huge. We first found a large field, full of sculptures? Monuments? Art? I’m not sure, but we checked them out.
We then continued the drive until we found the play area. There was a rollerslide, the longest I’ve ever seen, a small concrete slide, and a zipline.
I then went in search of the rental counter. The park rents ground golf equipment (croquet), bikes, and skis to go down this hill.
It’s grass skiing! How fun does that sound! You had to be 11 to use them though, so we didn’t get to. Never mind the fact that I’ve only skied once in my life and I vowed never to do it again. I’m thinking about taking a sled next time though.
On the way home, we stopped at the Ishikawa Shimin-no-Mori. I saw a picture somewhere of a large pediastiran bridge that goes through the mountains (like the one at the Nago Castle Site Park) and wanted to check it out. While driving up the mountain towards the park, I noticed what looked like a castle poking out of the trees. Little Man agreed that it looked like a castle and I started to get really excited. There is a playground that I only know as the Cinderella Park. I have horrible directions and have tried to find the place on numerous occasions. We were in the right area, so I was sure it was the one. We got there, parked and checked the map. The map confirmed by suspicions.
|See! There’s like 3 playgrounds! Stupid outdated map!|
We started up the path, passed a couple workers, encountered lots of typhoon debris, but made it to a clearing. We went where the map said playgrounds should be and found nothing, so we headed up towards the castle (and by up I mean straight up). We found the castle and nothing else. At some point, all the playground equipment had been removed. We were all disappointed. The view was great though. You could see the Pacific and the East China Sea. Oh, and I never found the pedestrian bridge. If it’s still there, the path is most likely closed off.
|Don’t mind the photobomb! If you squint, you can see both oceans.|