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花見ハイキング

It`s Hanami time again!

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Yes, it`s that time of year again, the time of the beautiful pink blossoms and parties held underneath them. Have you all had your Hanami party yet? Miyamochan sent me these pictures of the Hamani party she had on the side of Fukuchiyama in Kitakyushu. Great shots Miyamochan thanks!! I love the Mejiro!

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Last week we went out to check on a secret area of Yama sakura near Mt. Hamaguri on the Fukuoka – Saga border. Yama sakura blooms later than regular sakura so I knew it wouldn`t be in bloom but I didn`t think that there would still be snow on the ground!! Mana had a great time though!

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As I thought the huge Sakura wasn`t in bloom yet so there is still a chance to get in one more Hanami party before the end of the season, so on the 17th of April we`re heading back. If you feel like having fun under the cherry trees surrounded by nature, drop me an email at john@amarok-outdoors.com

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2010.03.31 | Comments(0) | Trackback(0) | ツアー情報

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Back to the land of the Forest Gods

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Hey everyone, did you all have a great long weekend? We sure did as we travelled south to Yakushima again. I tell you, no matter how many times I go I can`t wait until I can go again as there is so much to see and do!

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This time after crossing from Kagoshima we started our 3 day journey with an overnight trip to the famous Jomon Sugi, the monolithic cedar tree said to be between 2000 and 7000 years old.
As we steadily made our way up the trail we ran into a few groups coming down and a number of deer were also there to greet us along.

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The weather had been fine until we hit “Wilsons stump” when a few drips of the wet stuff began to fall and by the time we reach Takatsuka Hut, just above Jomon, it was raining steadily. It turned out to be a really adventuresome night in true Yakushima fashion. The rain turned into a downpour as we were setting up the tent and the night was filled with heavy rain, strong winds, and a lightning storm to top it off!!

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The next morning we hiked back down under a beautiful blue sky stopping along the way to soak up the magnificence of this ancient forest. It took a while to get back down the trail as a flood of people were coming up but we eventually made our way to the Arakawa Wakare where we made our way over the Tsuji pass, down past the Mononoke hime forest before finishing at the Shiratani Trailhead.

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After a wonderful soak in the onsen we headed to the opposite side of Yakushima where we spent a night in the village of Kurio with the team from Diving Club Suns, who were also having a tour to the island. The next day we went to see the Oko no Taki one of the top 100 waterfalls of Japan before heading off to explore the rest of the island before boarding the ferry home.

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It was a really great weekend in one of my favorite places and I can`t wait to go back! Thanks to Miyamochan and Dave for coming on this trip, you guys really did great with a lot of gear and I`m looking forward to our next adventure together!




2010.03.25 | Comments(4) | Trackback(0) | ツアーレポート

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THERE`S NO NOOKIE LIKE CHINOOKIE!

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Hey everyone, how was your weekend? We had a great weekend as we took part in a really cool Disaster Prevention Exercise in the town of Nakagawa. If you remember last July there was a huge rain storm with lots of flooding and in a camping area in Nakagawa there were a few hundred people stranded and had to be airlifted by helicopter.

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To be prepared for the next emergency we held a helicopter training exercise to simulate being airlifted into a disaster site and then conducting a search. It was REALLY COOL!!! The helicopter involved was a Military CH-47J Chinook a huge powerhouse of a helicopter that I`m sure everyone can recognize.

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The exercise took place within the grounds of 2 Nakagawa schools, one was used as the helicopter landing site and one as the search area. The Helicopter arrived around 10:00 and the downwash from the 2 huge rotors sent the sand from the playing field flying in all directions and sending us diving for cover. Once down we were loaded through the rear of the huge flying bus, Mana wasn`t sure what to make of all the noise and the heat and smell of engines but she did great and didn`t panic at all!!

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After be loaded we went for a 30 minute flight around Fukuoka to help get the dogs used to flying in a helicopter. It was a blast and brought back cool memories from my time in the Army. It was WAY fun!! Sorry for the blurry pictures but the whole thing was shaking!

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After returning to the school ground we were loaded into a Nakagawa town vehicle and driven to the next schoolyard were we conducted a couple of searches. Mana and Cherry, Miono Sans Lab both did a great job during a really fun day!

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Our next hiking adventure will take place this weekend on Saturday the 13th when we will travel to Mt. Sobo for a great day of outdoor fun!

Until next time, Happy Trails!

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2010.03.09 | Comments(1) | Trackback(0) | 救助犬ログ

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