Monday, May 20, 2013

To the Dunes

On my first day I groggily got up and shoved myself into the car about 5:30AM. Because I was going by local roads the journey would take long and I needed all the time I could get. I was really just being thrifty as usual but I enjoy what can be seen along the local roads. Somewhere past Okayama I found what you might call rapids. They barely passed. Well no they didn't pass.

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I stretched my legs and watched for a few minutes before continuing on toward Tottori. There is no expressway directly to Tottori city. There is a newer road that is like a free expressway but I didn't bother to get on it even though it was free. Sometime around noon I made it to the sand dunes.

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In typical fashion I found a much quieter spot to put my car so I could walk back along the beach. The booming crowds of Golden Week weren't going to mix well with my blood despite my mental preparation. In later days I just accepted the fact.

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I love guide maps and Japan does them very well.

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The Tottori sand dunes are the largest in Japan. I'm not sure where else sand dunes are though.

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Tourism, tourism, tourism, TOURISM. This might be my Achilles heel when it comes to traveling. As much as I want to travel and see things, I don't really want to see anyone all that much. Yet, I think about how lonely the countryside seems sometimes and I want contact. Meaningful contact that lasts.

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We all are that person at heart, aren't we?

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I made sure to walk far away from everyone else that day. I love how sand dunes put me an entirely different realm for a temporary period of time. Maybe I shouldn't over think the whole camel bit.

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I'm very nostalgic for sand dunes. Sufjan Stevens did that to me more than any vacation ever did though.

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If only I had a sled.

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I wanted to hug that dog and throw a frisbee.

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And to think hardly anyone walked out this far for the view. Shame.

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Watching these older people playing with their planes was quite relaxing to me.

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My shoes were full of sand.

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Sand boarding. I waited for someone to fall but it never happened. I'm evil.

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It's good to know plastic will always be there for us.

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