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... entrance. This has by far been one of the most intricate travel experiences we have ever attempted, but we both think the payoff was worth it.
Prior to our visit, however, we were warned -- repeatedly, through guide books, websites, brochures, etc. -- that the monkeys were dangerous ("Do not look them in the eyes") and would steal items and are easily provoked into attacking. Thus, it was with some trepidation that we made our way into their area of ...
... temp of 19.
Today we take a bus into the mountains to visit the Snow monkeys. The monkeys live near a hot spring and will sit in the hot springs right through winter to keep warm. The bus ride is 1 hour and has some stunning views. You have to walk 1.5ks through a beautiful forest to get to the entrance of monkey park. Now as the snow is melting the path is very wet and muddy.
After paying the entrance fee we finally lay eyes ...
For the final day, we got up and had our normal breakfast. Sam laughed that the HP had been unopened the whole season and since Thomas arrived, we'd just finished the bottle!
We had a couple of hours to kill so decided to go sledging. Kids loved it although it nearly killed Sinead. Isabel and Thomas did some nice runs and there was a nice carved toboggan run. For the final run, Thomas decided to go to the top of the ...
... whole way even sharing scars – Thomas proudly showing his new edition from Hua Hin.
We pushed it a little bit and the last run down and Isabel ran out of fuel and melted down. To be fair she had done unbelievably well and was only her 4th day skiing and she was actually leading us all through the forest tracks but when she goes, she erupts!
Simon who was the father of the Australian family gave us a tip that the 3hr private lesson was the same price as 2 kids at ski school for 4 hours so we booked up a lesson and headed up the valley to Iniwate. Adam was a real cool instructor. He was an engineer in the Yukon but during the winter not much happens so he agrees unpaid leave with his company and does a 3 month ski season somewhere ...