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... paddling today, but also was able to see where we paddles last year.
As you can see, the lake is beautiful! And while it was a bit windy at the overlook, the water was very calm. Lake Towada is a volcanic crater lake created thousands of years ago and still fed by some thermal springs, but mostly filled by all the snow that falls in this area ...
... of money each year to deal with the environmental impacts of the mine.
Adding to the whole sense of the mine being a Ghost Town was the spooky fog that kept rolling in and out. I suppose it was really just the clouds, the mine is pretty high up in the mountains, but "Spooky Fog" fits so much better! :o)
After our spooky experience, it was off ...
... snow is actually that deep and the snowplows cut through it to keep the road open.
The roads are narrow normally, but with the added snow, it was quite a thrill when faced with an oncoming bus or large truck. ...or the crazy fool who was driving too fast, saw me coming, hit the brakes too hard, slid sideways, BUT luckily over-corrected back ...
... 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.
... br> There were some really interesting trees along our path. This tree may have been dead, but it was sure giving life to plenty of other things. The knobby looking things are a type of mushroom - they are wood-like on the outside, but soft on the inside. If you look closely at the zoom-in of the tree, you'll see multiple holes where local woodpeckers ...
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