Saturday morning, my sister and I left the kids with my husband and headed north to catch the first ferry to IE Island. I’ve been to this island before and have been wanting to go back. This weekend was the last weekend of the Lily Festival, so I figured it was perfect!
Once the ferry docked, we found the bike rental place ($10 for the whole day!!) and set out. I apparently can’t read a map, so we ended going in the opposite direction I had planned, but it’s a small island (it’s 9 square miles). It didn’t really matter.
We rode around one whole side of the island, sticking to the coastline. We rode by a lot of farms, saw a lot of cows and waved to a lot of farmers. We stopped at the Wajee Viewpoint to check out the view. Well worth it.
Our next stop was the Lily Festival. The flowers were gorgeous! There were fields of the typical Easter lilies, then smaller areas of different kinds and different colors of lilies. Besides the flowers and the food stands, there wasn’t much else there though. We looked our fill of flowers, ate lunch, and continued on our way.
We decided that following the coastline was the best way to continue on and found the hibiscus garden next. Surprisingly, not much was blooming. Mt. Gusuku was next. Our legs were on fire by this point. We had been riding for a couple hours and we aren’t in the best of shape. My sister didn’t want to go up the mountain, but I convinced her it was well worth it. The majority of the walk to the top has stairs. Some parts were so steep, we were using the chain railings to pull ourselves up. Sad part was seeing all the little old Japanese ladies going up and down with no problem.
|View from the top. That’s Okinawa in the distance.|
We drove through the main part of town going back to the port, but skipped most of the other tourist spots. We did stop at Ernie Pyle’s monument.
It was a really fun day. We took the 2:00 ferry back, so we stopped to eat a late lunch and then continued on to the Orion Brewery, but I’ll save those for a later post.