Sunrise from our apartment

Friday, March 18, 2011

Final post before we pull the plug and head for Okinawa, Japan

The car is packed, dishes done, floor vacuumed. It's almost 8:00 PM and we have a long day ahead of us. Just a few thoughts before I pull the plug on the router to the Internet and disconnect myself from all of you.

Just a bit of an update first---We received the final word that we are going to Okinawa. We will drive the mission car south to Fukuoka and then take a plane to Okinawa sometime early next week and the car will be shipped via ferry. We were worried about the gas situation here. Our plan was to take one or two five-gallon gas cans with us so we wouldn't have to worry about fuel. One problem--most of the gas cans were already off the shelves. We did purchase a 2 1/2 liter can at a Japanese store--that will get us about 50 kilometer if we are lucky. We had a Japanese friend make some inquiries and apparently once you get about 327 KM out there are no more gas issues. We can make that easy!! It is an 11 hour drive to the nearest Military base--we may not make it that far. The Kobe Mission home is about an eight hour drive. We will just take the day as it comes and enjoy the journey.

Elder Arnell did a great job packing the car. It's nice not having to worry about the two suitcase, 50 lb limit yet. We will deal with that when we return to the States March 2012.

The voluntary evacuation is still taking place. Yokosuka is taking it very seriously while the other bases seem to be a bit more optimistic. Don't believe all you are seeing on the news. There may be some mayhem at Narita and Haneda airports but that is the only place. The trains were running again at the station near our apartment. People were out shopping--even during the three-hour utility blackout from 12:30 - 3:30. Many shops just opened up their doors to let enough light in and continued business as usual. Who needs electricity!!!

Guess that's about it. Thanks for all you comments. We are looking forward to Part Two of our Japan mission experience.

I hope to be able to post something along the way if there is internet access along with some pictures.

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