Why I love Thursday (& Kurashiki Dam)

Thursday is my favorite day of the working week. Its a day where I, or rather the girls & I, don’t have to be out of the house by a certain time, Eden doesn’t have pre-school we have no arranged activities; we are free to do whatever we want.

bridge at Kurashiki Dam

bridge at Kurashiki Dam

Sometimes we simply hang at home; this Mama likes to have a down day every once in a while, often we catch up on housework or run a few errands and sometimes we go on adventures.

Eden halfway across the stepping stones, waiting for me to help across the rest of the way

Eden halfway across the stepping stones, waiting for me to help across the rest of the way

Today, despite the house needing some cleaning and the cupboards restocking we ventured out to explore. Once every 2 weeks I drive past the turn off sign to Kurashiki Dam, today I decided to actually turn in and see what it was all about.

Clio LOVED the water

Clio LOVED the water

Im not going to lie, as soon as I made the turn I started thinking I had made the wrong choice venturing here without Matt. For starters its kind of in an industrial/waste site area, which didnt phase me too much but when I saw not one but 2 rats run in front of my car I got all kinds of nervous. I don’t really like rats and I immediately thought heck if I have seen 2 rats already I am probably going to see a snake, even worse a habu.

Eden enjoyed the water also

Eden enjoyed the water also

Despite seeing the rats, I toughed it out and kept driving and a few minutes later we arrived, which is when Eden informed me her bottom hurt from sitting in the car for so long (a little dramatic; nothing on Okinawa is too far of a drive!) and that she was tired and hungry so suggested we go home…we stayed. Eden was pleased we did, as was Clio. They both had a blast, as did I.

this photo is so our kids...Clio doing something and Eden worrying about what she is doing!

this photo is so our kids…Clio doing something and Eden worrying about what she is doing!

First we attempted to cross the extremely shallow water (like 3-4 inches) by using the stepping stones, I helped Eden to get half way across then ran back to get Clio (& my camera). Then I tried to help Eden whilst holding Clio to get the rest of the way across but that didn’t go so well, so I dropped Clio off on the other side then ran back to help Eden. We all just walked across the water on our return leg!

looking for fish (she didn't see any)

looking for fish (she didn’t see any)

The girls then spent a good part of an hour playing in the shallow water, looking at rocks and splashing. I didn’t think to bring swimsuits, towel or even a change of clothes so naturally I just said what the heck, get your clothes wet!

Clio looking at the rocks

Clio looking at the rocks

The great thing about Okinawa is home never seems to be too far away, although after our fun at the dam Eden called Matt to see if he was free for lunch…which he never is but lo and behold he was!

comparing their rock finds

comparing their rock finds

Soaked through we met him at a restaurant which was the perfect end to a great morning made even better by the fact we saw no snakes, and no other beasties until right when we were leaving and saw a family of giant ants.

Kurashiki Dam (8 of 10)

I am already looking forward to next Thursday!

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9 responses to “Why I love Thursday (& Kurashiki Dam)

    • Thanks! It was really nice! Finally the humidity has dropped here in oki which makes me want to be outside more! It was also nice to pick up my camera which I haven’t really done in a while!

  1. Love your spontaneity! Looks like a fun adventure plus it sounds like you got a workout in running between the girls! As always, your pics are gorgeous

    • I wish I was more spontaneous…something I must work on! We must of looked crazy trying to cross the stepping stones since the water was so shallow!

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