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Okinawa: Japan's Puerto Rico

Hi everyone! I was surfing the net one day and found this group and I think it is great. I think I have much to add so let me tell you a little about myself.

Thanks to the US government, in the past 21 years I have had the opportunity to travel all over N. America (I am originally from Alabama), half of Europe, part of the Middle East, and some of Asia. I figured it up the other day and I have traveled enough miles to have circled the globe 12 times! I have the travel vouchers to prove it.

I am trained as a linguist with emphasis on Asian languages. My expertise is Korean and Korean culture, but I also have a working knowledge of Japanese and can read Chinese a little. I can also, with help, get by in Tagalog.

That said, I think I have been just about anywhere and stayed in any type of accommodation or flown on all types of carriers (I hate Charles De Gaulle airport in Paris) that anyone on this group may come in contact with. I have also driven either my personal car or a rental in most of the places I mentioned. I even drove a tour bus part time in Korea.

Most recently, lived on Okinawa in Okinawa City and loved every minute of living there. I also made occasional trips to Tokyo and Seoul on business. Alas, I retired to the US in mid-2006. I am going to miss all the travel, so I thought I could live vicariously through the travels of people on this group and at the same time offer travel advice to those who may be going where I have been.

On my travel pages are listed the places I have spent a few weeks in (Korea was an 8 year stay) so I think I am qualified to give some really good advice. Unfortunately, there will be no pictures of some of the places as I build my pages as it has been years since I have been there, but I have really good memories. I have really been there done that.

Retired!!

Hey guys! I finally did it. My retirement ceremony from the Air Force was on the 16th of June and my final day on active duty was 31 July. I am free at last (to look for another job....hahahaha!). Seriously, I am going to miss all the wonderful and interesting people that I have worked with over the past 22 years. They have taught me many things and I have shared many things with many peoples all over the world. I hope in the future that I am able to continue to travel and absorb all this world has to offer. Initially it looks like I will be settling in the D.C. area (I have lived there before) so if anyone has any good tips for cheap housing (no crack houses please) and a good auto mechanic, let me know.

The Beaches of Okinawa

So who doesn't come to Okinawa and not think of going to the beach? This is the primary reason that most people come and Okinawa has some really good beaches. Okinawa has about 60 good beaches to choose from. They range from really nice and sandy with shallow water good for sunbathing to shaded ones that are good for camping to rocky coral covered ones that are good for rock climbing and diving and snorkeling. Some of the best beaches actually belong to some of the resorts here, but they are still usable for a fee. The free beaches are nice too; albeit maybe a little small and crowded, but nice beaches just the same.

Beach Camping

I have seen many posts asking about camping on Okinawa. Well here is a list of beaches where camping on the main island of Okinawa is permitted:
Nashiro Beach--southernmost beach on the East China Sea
Seragaki Beach -- small beach just north of Onna Point off hwy 58
Mission Beach-- private beach a little farther north of Seragaki
Inbu Beach--one of the nicest beaches for camping and they allow pets, but you do need to make reservations. It is located near Onna Village
Sesoko Island--this a Robinson Crusoe type island that you drive to from Motobu off the west coast of Okinawa. It has excellent white sand
Bise Beach--very quiet seclude beach great for camping, located north of Motobu
Yagaji Island Beach--smooth sandy beach with shaded camping northen end of the island
Most of these beaches require a fee for camping, but they have decent facilities and are all excellent places to watch the sunset

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    Sep 11, 2014 at 12:09 AM

    You are currently signed up to the VT DC Meet (VT Meeting). As we are 6 weeks away, we would ask you review your sign-up and remove your name if you are definitely no longer attending.

    If you are attending, there are a number of individual event meets, all of which are listed on "The Plan" - our TL which lists details and links to the meets so you can decide which one(s) you might like to join us for. If you are confirmed attending any of the individual events, can you please ensure that you have signed up for them so that we can have a clear indication of the numbers attending and/or whom to expect.

    If you have any questions/queries, feel free to drop a note to us and we'll see about getting an answer back to you as quickly as possible.

    We're looking forward to seeing you in Washington!
    Have fun planning!!

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    Sep 10, 2014 at 5:27 PM

    Gidday Matey! You're an ex-Air Force wow , what a small world my auntie's husband is also a retired US Air Force assigned in the 80's he retired a Master Sargeant after 35 years in Philippines ( Clark Airbase) Okinawa in Naha, Japan , Guam and Colorado...Cheers!

  • DSwede's Profile Photo
    Jun 23, 2014 at 8:43 PM

    Happy belated! Hope it was a good one! By the comments below, I'd say it was. Looks like I might be heading back to Korea for another year... maybe this time I can work a little more on my fluency..

    • olddude's Profile Photo
      Jun 28, 2014 at 7:46 PM

      I'm am trying to get there for a couple of weeks in late August, but that is up to my company.

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    Jun 23, 2014 at 11:48 AM

    Hope you had a great birthday!

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    Jun 21, 2014 at 4:09 PM

    Have a great birthday!

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    Jun 20, 2014 at 3:42 PM

    Al, How in the world are you? I am in Maine, enjoying a 65 degree last day of spring. Whatever you are doing, I pray that this is your best birthday yet.

    • olddude's Profile Photo
      Jun 20, 2014 at 6:09 PM

      Ed, it's been a great birthday. I had a great dinner at a nice restaurant, a nice long walk with a good cigar and just finished a nice glass of my home brewed beer. Awesome day.

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    Jun 20, 2014 at 11:08 AM

    Happy Birthday Al

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    Jun 20, 2014 at 10:45 AM

    Happy Birthday

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    Jun 20, 2014 at 9:59 AM

    best wishes for a happy birthday and good health in the coming year. n.

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    Jun 20, 2014 at 9:53 AM

    Happy Birthday Al! I hope you enjoy your special day.

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