穴吹川キャンピング – Anabuki River Camping

Over the last weekend before we all had to get back to our day jobs, we had a bit of an impromptu camping trip down in Tokushima.  The park is situated alongside the Anabuki River and only 45 minutes south of my house.  This last hurrah of the summer vacation was delayed initially by rain, but everything cleared up and allowed for a great time.  I wasn’t willing to commit to the drive unless I saw sunshine though, so I showed up a bit late and missed the afternoon block of swimming.  Winding through lush mountains and old Japanese towns alone wasn’t so bad either though.  Before long I was parked up on the rocky riverbed with my friends.

When I did arrive, people were mostly getting their tents pitched on the grassy expanse up above the river but as people started to finish this chore, a number of us decided to conquer a nearby roller slide.  It looked a little rickety but being free of cost we had no real justification for not riding the thing.  Aside from spiderwebs in the tunnels and jarring corners it seemed safe enough, though it was definitely an uncomfortable ride.  After three trips down, the rollers driving into my coccyx left my back end quite sore.

The head of Orochi

Some footage from the ride.  The bumps were all pretty painful…

The next stage of the evening was to do a BBQ down by the river.  I of course prepped nothing prior to coming, so along with a few others relied on the nearby supermarket to stock up supplies for our some burgers, snacks and and also beverages for the night.   I mixed Beefeater, Sprite, and sliced citrus into one my large glass umeshu jars and that lasted the night.  The concoction drew some awe, and rightfully so, because it was good.  My burgers ended up being a bit sub-par, though I attribute this to them being bough in Japan and also having to use English muffins as buns.  We filled the night with chatter, fireworks, marshmallows, and music which was all a great time.  In the end, a few of us wandered off to have another go on the slide and also to get in the water.  My first dip in was rather chilly, but nocturnal river adventures are always the perfect cap on a good a night.

This is Saad, a fellow Michigander and new resident of Kagawa.

After a while it was off to my extremely uncomfortable accommodations.  When I finally did stray off to sleep, I was awoken only a few hours later by the sauna my tent would become.  In the morning people fooled around with breakfast, but I couldn’t be bothered with such trifle when a Sausage McMuffin was waiting for me just down the road.  A number of us did a bit more swimming and relaxing before taking off at about 10am.  It was a really nice little escape from Kagawa and was well attended by a few circles of people.  As I said, the event took place in Tokushima  providing us exposure to a fresh batch of people with whom to intermingle with.  On account of the convenient proximity to my house, I’m sure that I will find myself back in this place sometime next summer.

Getting our morning swim on.

Photo Credit: Kristen Smith

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