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No skiing or snowboarding for me today. I took the ropeway (cable car) about halfway up the mountain and then headed out on snowshoes to see if I could make it to the top of one of the peaks.
Wasn't sure I was going to make it, but as I watched some people ahead of me going up, I thought the top was closer. ...
... although most folks go at night when they do set-off fireworks off over the lake, but..... that would keep me out after my bedtime :o)
The pictures really don't do justice to the near white-out conditions. ...but it wasn't like the car was going to go off the road while driving through Oraise Gorge. The snow was 3-4 feet deep. Not a plowed ...
... of seeing "Snow Monsters" on top of the mountain, we got a great workout climbing up the mountain from the parkinglot.
The weather was unseasonably warm making the snow really heavy and easy to pack down. As long as you weren't the one breaking trail, it was pretty easy going......except the uphill part.
... the skies had started to cloud over, so we definitely enjoyed the best part of the day.
The "Mirror Lake" photo can almost be flipped upside down and still look the same. It was pretty cool how still and quiet it was in this winter wonderland.
The day had started out a bit cold since the skies were clear last night, but as the sun ...
... with the oil paints & canvas.
The best all colors I've seen in Japan were in Hirosaki on my last trip. The red maple trees in the city park there were phenomenal!
......now it's officially that in between season where it is too cold for summer activities, but not cold enough for winter activities. ......guess i's time to clean house now :o)