- - - 12/3/2017 - - -

Takao with Yanina and Haruma

Filed under: — Andy @ 4:10 am

We went to Mt. Takao for a kids hiking day and to see some Fall colors. Melina was a bit tired and didnt want to walk much at first, but near the end she was really motivated when we promised her a cookie at the top. Yanina with her mother, who is visiting our house from Scotland [again], really seemed to enjoy the mountain and tired herself out. She fell asleep halfway up. Haruma seemed to have fun but couldnt make up his mind on whether or not he wanted to walk or be carried. It took a lot longer to get to the top than I expected, but once we were at the top we all got cookies and snacks.

- - - 11/25/2017 - - -

Thanksgiving 2017

Filed under: — Andy @ 3:48 am

Every year my Thanksgiving parties get better and better, or so I like to think so. Im getting better at cooking the Thanksgiving essentials and adding more variety every time. Yet again, I was too busy cooking, cutting, and talking to take many good pictures of the party.

- - - 11/7/2017 - - -

Kumamoto

Filed under: — Andy @ 3:52 am

Here are some highlights of our short trip to Kumamoto. Places we visited include:
Amakusa Islands and Shimoda onsen
Milk road scenic drive
Various onsens around Oguni city including Kurokawa onsen
Making miso and staying at a retreat
Kujyu mountain range (previous post)
Cuddly Dominion and helicopter ride to view the cauldron of Mt. Aso
+This was Melina’s favorite part of the trip. She got to feed bears, touch capybaras, penguins, alpacas, and lots of other animals. She and Suzuna also got their first helicopter ride up to see the active volcano that had a large eruption in 2015. The Mt. Aso ropeway is still closed.
Kumamoto city: Ramen, Castle[ruins], and Japanese garden
+Kumamoto had a large earthquake in 2016 practically destroying Kumamoto castle. A sightseeing course walking around the grounds is open, but the main castle is still undergoing repairs and will not open for another 2 years. The entire castle complex is slated to take 20 years to repair.

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- - - 11/4/2017 - - -

Mt. Kujyu

Filed under: — Andy @ 4:23 am

Mt. Nakadake in the Kujyu mountain range is the highest peak in the Kyushu island of Japan.
As Suzuna and Melina were participating in other events, I had the day to myself to go climbing.
The range has a few mountain peaks all fairly close to each other, and my goal was to climb them all.
On the way up, it was windy and I was hiking in the clouds. However, when I made it to the top of the first peak [Mt. Kujyu] the clouds lifted and the weather was beautiful.
1. Mount Kujū (1,787 m
2. Mount Inahoshi (1,774 m)
3. Mount Nakadake (1,791 m)
4. Mount Hōsshō (1,762 m)

- - - 10/28/2017 - - -

Halloween Party

Filed under: — Andy @ 11:40 pm

- - - 10/21/2017 - - -

Spartan Race

Filed under: — Andy @ 9:00 pm

Ken was here visiting me for most of the month of October. We visited a few places and had some good food, but I didnt really take many pictures with him. Still, one of the main reasons he was visiting was so he could take part in a Spartan race with me. This was to be our first Spartan race, and along with another friend of mine, we spent the weeks beforehand doing some training. The day of the race was raining, so the course was extra muddy and slippery. The race was what I was expecting, lots of obstacles, mud, climbing, crawling, uphills, downhills, and heavy things to carry. Overall, it was difficult but also really fun. We finished 13 kilometers and 27 obstacles in about 2 hours 20 minutes, which for our first race was a really good time.

- - - 10/1/2017 - - -

Mt. Fuji Camping

Filed under: — Andy @ 8:57 pm

We went with a friend from work and his family to Mt. Fuji to go camping. He had mentioned that he really likes just looking at the beauty of the mountain, so we decided to go camping before it gets too cold. We set up camp, had a small file and BBQ, and had a good time. The next day on the way home we stopped at a few places for Melina to play at. The first one was a park with lots of slides, jungle gyms, and different obstacles all for kids. The other place was a farm, where we pet lots of animals, saw a sheep race, rode the horses, and had fresh ice cream.

- - - 9/23/2017 - - -

River BBQ with friends

Filed under: — Andy @ 8:41 pm