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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 ...
... bus driver. No worries at all!
As we arrived, it looked like the skies might clear-up, but instead we continued to has periods of snowfall, LOTS of wind, some clearing and back to wind and snow. ...Great snow conditions!!
... 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!
... the decorations. ...and eating something from any of the numerous food booths. I also like to see the local Japanese in their traditional kimonos.
According to wikipedia:
Tanabata (七夕, ...
... to having people walking around, some do get rather noisy. ...and others swoop down at you. Most of the Japanese visitors carry umbrellas to keep bird droppings off their heads and clothes. I just tried to stay away from the swarms of birds.
The half marathon followed Route 1 along the Pacific Coast from the port area south. The road is a small 2-lane ...