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OKINAWA SOBA EXPLORING THE TWIN FALLS OF THE UPPER AHA RIVER

OK. So I'm posing like some dorky old guy an intrepid explorer taking a moment to ponder his environment.

 

I was having fun, and enjoying the secrets of the AHA RIVER VALLEY along with some like-minded explorers who just happened to have the authority to let me into this protected part of the watershed to photograph the Falls and other geological wonders of the upper river valleys. You could say I was "in my element".

 

[NOTE : LAKE AHA and AHA FALLS are not here. That fine and popular swimming hole is found along the FUKU RIVER on the other side of AHA VILLAGE. See comment HERE : www.flickr.com/photos/okinawa-soba/7314963328/#comment721... ]

 

I was told by my guides that, until just a few days ago, no one in Okinawa has been to this spot for the last three years. So, no need to be in a rush. Take a moment to really soak up the scene (without getting soaked), and then back to the boat for some more river runs.

 

These falls are on US Marine Corps Base CAMP GONSALVES : en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Camp_Gonsalves

 

Access is normally denied to this nice bit of nature. Being a real putz, and a complaining trouble-maker of sorts, who by all rights should have been kicked out of Okinawa long ago, I was humbled to get permission from, and be accompanied by Government reps from the National level --- who might actually have planned to drown me once we got out into the middle of the reservoir (hoping to bring some peace and quiet to this lovely island), but they changed their mind for some reason :

 

www.flickr.com/photos/24443965@N08/7314962752/in/photostr...

 

Many thanks to these Directors for giving me guided access to the falls, and to the US Marine Corps for allowing some leeway for those documenting Okinawa's natural wonders along the shared borders of their Jungle Warfare Training Center.

 

Photo by Mr. TOKUSHU NAKAMATSU, Director of the National Aha Dam Site.

  

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RANDOM SOBA : www.flickriver.com/photos/24443965@N08/sets/

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Taken on May 30, 2012