The typhoon and seasickness soon passed and we sailed on in recovery mode. It was good to go topside again and enjoy the fresh air and sunshine. Our next stop was Okinawa. There was no port, we simply anchored the ship and then took a smaller boat to shore. Most of the people who went ashore were headed into town. There was a bus that came and transported everyone into town. My Mother and Ruth, the two Pickles Mom, decided to just go ashore and enjoy the beach.
Probably the biggest shock when we went ashore was the many military tanks and other military vehicles that had just been abandoned on the beach. I stood on the beach staring at what appeared to be blocks and blocks of abandoned military equipment. My Mother and Ruth found a safe area for us to play and then forbade all of us from going anywhere near any military equipment. My Mother was very worried that there could be a leftover mine or other weapon and that one of us kids would accidentally be injured. So we stuck to our small area and collected sea shells and swam in the Pacific Ocean. I found some unique seashells, and we all had a fun afternoon. Soon, the bus returned and the boat took us all back to the ship. We would spend the night anchored off Okinawa and then travel our final leg of the journey starting early the next morning.