After walking on the beach and rocks for a while, we decided to get our shoes back on solid ground and head around the coast on the stone path. We didn't see many people while we were out. Well, aside from the two huge school groups that went past us, giggling and practicing their English on us.
We walked up a few stairs. "Mountain Stairs" as the kids called them; long, gently sloped stairs.
Here is the lighthouse. There used to be a lighthouse that was built in 1867 by French engineer, Leonce Verny, right at the entrance to Tokyo Bay. It was the first Western style lighthouse to be built in Japan. However, like many buildings in the area, it was destroyed in 1922 by an earthquake, then rebuilt and then taken down again during the Great Kanto Earthquake in 1923. The lighthouse you see below was built in 1925. (I didn't get a shot of the ruins of the old lighthouse. We looked at it, but I didn't take a picture.)
From here we walked back down the stairs we just came up and then made a left, walked through a tunnel and came out next to a road. After a little walk along the road, we made a right turn back up into the hills and forest.
Once we walked back up into the hills again, we found a little spot to sit and eat our sandwiches. All of the explanations in the area were in Japanese, so we were clueless what we were looking at. Turns out, it is a war memorial. There is a giant white structure that represents the sail of a ship (sorry, no picture) and then the sculpture below is of men adrift at sea.
Back up on the platform, we headed along the track once more to come around a curve and find a couple roller slides.
Just beyond the roller slides was a big net thing....technical term, I know! But, what else do you call that thing?
Wait....there's even more!! A huge rock climbing wall at the back of the park! Garytt had a hard time climbing. I'm not sure why Mackenzie never came back here since she loves to climb. I tried, but my big ole toes didn't fit very well into the kid sized notches. Plus, I was a little grossed out by the slimy hole I managed to get my fingers into. Uch!
We finally convinced the kids that we needed to get going, I had a turkey to bake, after all. So, they slumped their shoulders and started leaving the park area. Only to find More. Fun. Stuff. A double zip line! Woo hoo!!! Mommy and Daddy got in on this action! We all took turns swinging back and forth. Racing to see who was the fastest.
I took a few shots of the almost yellow gingkos that were around us. Then, we finally (again) decided we HAD to leave! We were cutting time pretty close now.
Friends of ours have said they come out here quite often, and now we can see why! The walk was quiet and the park was pretty fun! Even for the adults! There weren't too many people, other than the two school groups and a few crazy runners. Not a bad way to spend our Thanksgiving morning! Much better than slaving over a hot stove all day! :)
We had a fantastic Thanksgiving day (we won't talk about the pudding pie that didn't turn out right. Or the cranberry sauce that didn't solidify. Or the turkey that was a little dry, but hey, that's what gravy is for, right?) We hope all y'all had delicious turkey suppers with family and friends!