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Had planned to hang-out at home this weekend and catch-up on some projects, but when an invite came from my Outdoor Recreation (ODR) Adventure Programs Director, Ron, to help him and our ODR Director, Mike, test some new dry-suits at Lake Towada, I jumped at the chance.......even if it required a dip in the lake to check for leaks!
... if I could get to the top of the second peak. The second peak was actually an easier climb.
On top of the second peak (Ido-dake) there is a small Shinto Shrine that was totally encased in ice and snow. They get so much wind across these peaks that there is actually very little snow on top or along the ...
Woke-up to 6" of fresh snow and a beautiful sunny sky! So, after a little snow shoveling I headed out for the Towada Winter Festival.
......lesson #284 for living in Misawa......snow comes in "bands", so if it's been snowing and the sky is now sunny.....it will probably be snowing again :o)
The festival wasn't very ...
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.
... for insects. One hole is really fresh - you can see the light colored fresh wood.
I had some fun taking some unusual pictures today since we were in the lower mountains among lots of trees. Really loved looking up and seeing how BLUE the sky was today. By the time we ...