Miyagi #Day1-1 Naruko gorge

The Great East Japan Earthquake happened in 2011. Miyagi prefecture is one of the prefectures that was damaged a lot by it. So there were many disaster areas in Miyagi. Some of them are now facilities telling you about such a worst disaster. I've always wanted to visit there for years.

We have four-days weekend in July in Japan so we decide to go on a trip to Miyagi in that days. Actually Tokyo Olympic 2020 was supposed to take place during the days but it just became a normal weekend just like other weekends too.

It was likely to be bad weather just during the four days. So my motivation for that was declining off and on. I was thinking if we should go to Miyagi or other areas around Tokyo to relax so I didn't rented a car yet.

It was too late when I finally decided to go to Miyagi. There were no cars available. But luckily we have a motorbike. We looked up on google map how long it takes to motorbike to Miyagi. It said only four hours and it was as much as by car, so we did.

...only to find we'll never motorbike to far places again.

In this trip to Miyagi, the rough route in four days is that Naruko gorge → Katanuma pond  (stay at Kesennuma city) → The Great East Japan earthquake museum → Ojika peninsula → Matsushima → Okama.
I don't like a tight schedule so we decided to visit up to two places a day.

We expect to reach there as the schedule. But as time passes we are getting annoyed and tired because of starting to rain and some body pain. We have been blown directly for hours. No wonder we get tired pretty quickly. We take a break a few times and have to drive slower when raining. We don't think we can make it on time. It also makes us annoyed too. Take a break to refresh but get tired soon while driving. We keep on it over and over until arriving at the first destination. We are in a vicious cycle.

We ended up arriving at Naruko gorge, our first place in Miyagi, two hours beyond the schedule. But we've got to thank we made it safely.

Actually we don't expect there'll be many tourists. This month can be in the period that you had to refrain from traveling, we are traveling now though. I'm surprised many people are coming. We are all friends!

I change to one of my favorite clothes dress that I had made in Malawi. Then start to explore Naruko gorge.

I love green season as well as autumn season. I feel happy surrounded by a lot of greenery. I hear the sound of river flowing and walk towards it. There is a small waterfall. No crowds, lots of greenery and the sound of water. There is nothing quite like that. I really like something like that. 

As it's just in the peak of summer season many kinds of bugs are there. Usually I freak out when I see a bug but I don't this time. I think it's probably because I have an extra heart to enjoy everything now. Some bugs are what I haven't seen before. I realize I still have a ways to go.

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宮城県は2011年の東日本大震災の被災地が多くあり、いつか、被災地をこの目で見たいと思っていたの。
ちょうど7月に4連休があったので、この4連休は宮城県へ旅行することになりました!
なのですが!!天気が微妙で、実は正直、宮城県への旅行熱が上がったり下がったりで、宮城に行こうか、もっと近くでのんびり過ごすかとっても迷っていて、レンタカーを予約していなかったのです。

やっぱり宮城に行こう!と思ったときには時すでに遅し。家の近くのレンタカーショップ、どこも満車。我が家にはバイクがあるので、バイクでどれぐらいかかるか調べたら、4時間程度と出ていたので、4時間なら許容範囲だなと言うことで、バイクで行くことにしました。

結局、この旅を通して、もう二度とバイクで遠出をしないことになったのだけど。

旅のルートは、鳴子峡→潟沼→気仙沼市泊→東日本大震災伝承館→牡鹿半島→松島→御釜 を3泊4日で。
私はスケジュールきつきつの旅は好きじゃないから、1日に最大2回所いければ、という日程にしました。

我が家から宮城県まで4時間というのは、鳴子峡までの時間。
それなら行ける~と思っていたものの…休憩を何回か繰り返したり、途中雨降ったりでどんどん到着時刻が遅れていく。バイクを運転する夫も、後ろに乗っている私も、4時間以上、風をダイレクトに受けているので段々疲弊してくる。そして、なかなか到着しないことへのイライラが溜まっていく…と悪循環な往路でした。

最終的に鳴子峡に到着したのは12時頃かな?予定より2時間オーバー。無事に到着したことに感謝しないとね。

宮城県に旅行したのは7月で、正直、全国的に旅行を自粛してねという空気だった。その中、私たちは行ったんだけども。笑
でも鳴子峡について驚いたのは、意外と観光客がいたということ!まず車の数に驚いた。

バイクを止めて、マラウイに行った時に作ってもらったお気に入りのワンピースに着替えてさっそく鳴子峡を散策。紅葉もいいけど、私は緑の季節も好きだなぁ。あたり一面を緑いろに囲われるとハッピーな気持ちになる。川の音が聞こえて、その方向に歩いてみると小さな滝が。こういうの好きなんだよなぁ。
人がいなくて、緑が多くて、水の流れも聞こえて。こんな素敵な場所ある?
夏真っ盛りというのもあり、虫もいっぱいいた。見たことない子もいたりして、自分はまだまだ何も知らないな、と実感する。

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