Matt & I are doing a great job at crossing items off our bucket list at the moment, I hope we can keep the momentum going as we still have a long way to go to complete everything on it.
Last weekend, despite the rain, we made it to the Higashi Village Azalea Festival. As usual we weren’t prepared for the weather and when we got there and found the rain hadn’t eased I thought it was going to be a miserable experience.
As it turned out we had a great time, rain and all!
We initially sought shelter in a tent where they had a local band playing, and while we had no clue what the songs were about, they were really good and definitely got us into the mood for exploring, even in the rain.
The food tents, selling your usual festival foods; chicken on a stick, waffles on a stick (covered with cream & sprinkles) and obanyaki are always a firm favorite for our family. We thought Eden would opt for a sweet treat since we had already eaten lunch in the car on the drive up, but she just loves that chicken on a stick.
Clio on the other hand thought the waffle was calling her name! Such a great idea, Matt & I are contemplating getting a waffle maker just so we can make these sweet treats at home!
As we headed deeper into the azalea park the sounds of the band slowing fading away, the rain continued, although it was more a constant drizzle than a heavy downpour, thank goodness.
The park itself is pretty big with lots of paths and trails to go explore the azaleas. We had so much fun hiding from each other or picking flowers off the ground (not the plants) and surprisingly no one slipped on the muddy paths!
We walked the entire grounds, admiring the views from the top of the park, before making our way back to the start, where the food tents were.
Of course after all our exploring we were ready to stock up on some more yummies. This time Matt opted for a huge snail, the girls shared a melon soda slushy; Clio’s first soda experience (we didn’t realize it was soda until we had paid for it) and I had not very nice potato on a stick thing.
While the azaleas aren’t my favorite flower on island, I did really enjoy the park itself and if it wasn’t raining I think we would could have easily stayed longer playing hide & seek amongst all the bushes.
If you are following Matt on Instagram (@the_fun_01) you may have seen his post from that day of a flower with the caption “the rain won’t stop our family” and it sure won’t! We spent many years in England not doing things because of the weather that we are making a conscious effort to no longer let the weather put a damper on our plans!