- - - 11/9/2019 - - -

School hiking trip

Filed under: — Andy @ 5:38 am

- - - 9/21/2019 - - -

Hiking Mt. Ogusu

Filed under: — Andy @ 1:14 am

- - - 2/25/2019 - - -

Snow Play

Filed under: — Andy @ 8:19 pm

We didnt get very much snow where we live this year, so we decided to go take a trip up to the mountains for some snow play. We took the bullet train up to JyouetsuKokusai for a two day trip. They have a hotel right on the mountain and very large snow play and sledding areas for kids.

- - - 8/24/2018 - - -

Hiking with Cat

Filed under: — Andy @ 6:51 am

It was a nice day so we decided to take a short hike up the local mountain. On the way up, there was a friendly cat that decided to follow us for quite a while.

Walking with our new friend

Having a snack on the way up

Melina made it almost to the top before she ran out of energy. Then it was my job to carry her back down.

- - - 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.

- - - 11/4/2017 - - -

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)

- - - 4/2/2017 - - -

Hiking with Melina

Filed under: — Andy @ 12:44 am

First hiking day of the year, of a long time for that matter, and also Melina’s first time to really go into the mountains. We went with my hiking club to a mountain with cherry trees on top, but unfortunately we were just a little bit to early for the cherry blossoms.
My daughter likes hiking! She had lots of fun running around and jumping on all the tree roots and down all the stairs, and picking up lots of rocks. I think this year we can start going out hiking a lot more often.

- - - 2/28/2016 - - -

Makuyama without snow

Filed under: — Andy @ 2:47 am

I joined my hiking club this month to go climb Makuyama. We climbed the same mountain two years ago, but unlike that time there was no snow and we didnt get lost.

- - - 9/13/2015 - - -

Mt Furo

Filed under: — Andy @ 5:26 pm

After about a year of taking a break from hiking with my hiking club, I finally made it out again to go hike Mt. Furo. It is not a tall mountain at all, but it was still nice to get out into nature and get some exercise again.

- - - 12/21/2014 - - -

New Zealand

Filed under: — Andy @ 11:59 pm

I had to take some leave from work before the end of the before it expires. After thinking about it for a little to long I finally decided to take a trip to go hiking and adventuring around the south island of New Zealand. Besides getting stuck in immigration at Auckland for an hour and a half, it was an awesome trip. The weather was great for most of the time, and the day it was raining we got to see waterfalls in their most impressive state. I got to see a lot of different national parks and area in the south island along with lots and lots of sheep. My tour guides and tour mates were great people and we had a really small group so we could really get to know each other pretty well. The highlight of the trip would have to be the two days we spent in the area called the Siberia Valley. We took a scenic plane ride up and along the mountain range to a valley up in between mountains where the plane landed and let us out. We then spent the entire day hiking up to Lake Crucible. The following day we spent hiking out of the valley and down to the river where a jet boat was waiting to pick us up and jet us back to the city. There were other great hikes, a nice mountain bike ride, as well as kayaking around Milford Sound (which is actually a fiord). We had a free day in Queenstown which I spent doing some canyoning. I realized that Queenstown may be the adventure capital of New Zealand, but everything is also very expensive. The food on the trip was nothing too out of the ordinary, but I did enjoy eating as much lamb and venison as I could. The venison pies are especially good. New Zealand is only place that I do hope to make it back to as there are lots of multi-day trails that seem very interesting, and I still have the entire north island to explore as well.

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