Hachinohe Grand Hotel
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... antique bikes.
Many of the parade items were from the base including each of the 0-6 (Colonels) in their staff trucks handing out candy, 50 Sailors in service dress (winter blues) carrying the 50 state flags, EOD command vehicle, CE bulldozer, dump truck and of course a snowplow! The city of Misawa also contributes - school band, various ...
... long run once more, but after that, I thought it safest to remain on the lower runs so I didn't jeopardize my marathon plans for later this year.
The snow really was great. There were several inches of fresh powder on top of some packed and iced over snow.
... well against scenery, but with the leaves at the height of their colors, we actually blended in. Good thing none of us had to be rescued! :o)
All in all, it was a great day. I'm sure my arms, shoulders and neck will remind me tomorrow how much fun it was, but it was well worth it. Just an absolutely great day to be on the water and in Japan!
After returning to Misawa after the great Fuji & Tokyo adventures, I was greeted by the lights, sounds and smells of the local Misawa Tanabata Festival.
The festival runs 26 - 28 July (last weekend in July even though Tanabata ...
Started my long weekend off by revisiting a not too distant landmark (Seagull Island) and the route of the Hachinohe Half Marathon that I ran a few weeks ago. The route was beautiful - right along the Pacific Coast - but since I was running 13.1 miles, I wasn't carrying a camera then :o)
Seagull Island is sort of crazy. It's not really an "island". It is ...