I have been keeping my sanity lately by diving into my photo hobby. I spent most of the weekend taking and editing pictures…it calms me! And I needed that! Friday I went out with my neighbor to look for some good photo ops. We stumbled upon this really awesome Buddhist Temple, visited the Nakagusuku Castle, and also the “Haunted Hotel”.
I guess the Haunted Hotel is off limits to Army peeps (I thought it was only Marines), but George tells me when I start uploading, “You know an order just came down that we aren’t supposed to go there…”, OOPS! I thought I was over the whole “breaking the rules” phase. Hee Hee! I guess I can’t hide who I really am. It was creepy there and cool. FULL of spiders and graffiti. Imagine this place after sunset though…I don’t think I would have went in.
The castle is before you get to the hotel. It was definitely what you would call in “ruins”. I almost busted my a$$ several times from the uneven steps and such…but the view from the wall was amazing!!
Tara got some good ones here (b/c she is savvy with her camera and took pics like a spy even after the lady told me no pictures). She got one of me kneeling in the temple…believe me, I had PLENTY to pray about!!
I tried to act on her stealth-like photo skills, but only came up with this one…but you can see the two guys from the above picture praying to the three monks(?) chanting away. I wish you could have heard it…it was astounding and piercing.
There is also a bunch of good luck charms and wishes spread throughout the entrance way and leading up to the Temple. I can’t imagine how old some of these are….
Saturday, Geo had a softball tournament (shocking, I know)….so the boys and I (Saige was at a friend’s), decided to make a trip to the Botanical Gardens. JD was our tour guide (he would like me to call him “Explorer JD”)…and Teage was our bird/insect finder. We happened to go about 2 hours before they closed, so we ended up having the whole place to ourselves practically. It was nice! More priceless shots…