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... 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!
... but everything is encased in ice and wind whipped snow. The frosty covering on some items has almost a feather like look.
As I finished up my snowshoeing hike I headed home back down the snow road. ....but I was SO TIRED I ended up taking a nap in the car :o) That was one tough hike today! I'll sleep well ...
... side of the road while I bumped into the snow wall on my side of the road. ....no damage!
Over all, it was a good trip - short, but EXCITING! The snow was coming down so hard at times and was so heavy, that I had to pull over (tough to find a spot) to clear the ice off the wiper blades. At times, when there was no place to pull over, ...
Back near the trailhead is a natural thermal hot springs Onsan (Japanese community hot bath). I didn't indulge this go, but definitely can see it in my future :o) We stopped at the Onsan/Hotel/restaurant for potty break.
It was also fun watching the workers shovel snow off the roof.
Decided to get away on the first day of the 4-day Christmas weekend and it was a PERFECT day for a snowshoe trip in the Hakkoda mountains.
I normally hike solo, but wanted to find some new areas so I hooked up with a local guide who leads small groups on familarization trips. ....it was nice, but if I'd had the trailhead on a map, this ...