So Ben and I set off early Thursday morning to explore the Keramas, a group of 22 islands located about 45 kilometres southwest of where I live. We did no really know where we were going other than we had visited one of the islands 2 years ago and thus had a general geographical concept of their whereabouts.http://quietripple.wordpress.com/2011/08/18/%E2%80%9Cgod-gave-us-memory-so-that-we-might-have-roses-in-december-%E2%80%9D/
We took a couple of tins of Spam, some squid and rice and some beer. We also bought lots of water being very conscious of the necessity of rehydrating ourselves but we left it in the fridge.
There was a gentle following wind that wafted up slowly but ineluctably Southwest. We pass turtles, schools of tuna and watch the coast line of Okinawa gently slip by. The sea is blue, the sky is blue, the sun is white hot.
We cannot see the Keramas but are confident that they will loom up in front of us at some stage.
Sure enough at about 3:00 in the afternoon, islands do appear that we take to be the two main islands of the Keramas, Tokashiki and Zamami.
By now we have had a lot of sun exposure and Ben adjusts his clothing
Notwithstanding by 5:30 we make it to a tiny island just off the northern tip of Tokashiki. We now use the mighty Tophatsu to bring us into a lost beach. Rain squalls are to the right of us and rain squalls are to the left us, giving a very eery light.
I do not think anyone has been on this beach for many years. The jetsam has an antique quality, vide big glass floats.
After 10 hours in an open boat in the blazing sun, we think it a luxury to eat some Spam with runcible spoons, lie down on our mats and sleep. We have no tent, sleeping bags. Who needs them? It is 30 degrees.
We made it.