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英彦山ツアー

Back to the Land of the Yamabushi

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Well it was our first trip since coming back from the Tsunami area and it was great to get back into the wilderness to recharge, and what a great place to do it. Mt.Hiko and the whole surrounding area is enveloped in Shinto history and mystery, with stories of gods coming down from the heavens to reside the caves and shrines that dot the landscape.

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The weather for the day was supposed to be sunny with clouds but as we worked our way up the mountain we were greeted with a last taste of winter, snow!

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After the stone staircase up to the shrine we took the main route straight up to the shrine on Nakadake where we stopped for lunch before heading across to the higher peak of Minamidake and on to Onisugi, at about 1200 years, the oldest Japanese cedar in Fukuoka prefecture.

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As the day went on the weather finally cleared to give us a beautiful sunny day and to add to the richness of the day we met up with some deer on the final leg of the looping course, who seemed just as curious in us as we were of them.

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Of course we went to Hita for gyoza to finish a great day!

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2011.03.31 | Comments(0) | Trackback(0) | ツアー情報

気仙沼

There and Back Again

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Sorry for the long break between posts but if you been watching the news at all then I’m sure you’ll understand. Last week Mana and I along with other members of the Kyushu Rescue Dog Association traveled up to Northern Honshu to do what we could to help in the rescue effort.

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As we couldn’t arrange travel with the military or other rescue agencies (A topic for a blog when this is all over!) so we used our own vehicles for the over 4000 km mission. As we got closer to Fukushima Prefecture we were given a pass for rescue vehicles which allowed us to travel on the highway and get gas all the way up to the site.

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After a quick stop in Sendai we headed up to Kesennuma, one of the hardest hit areas and as we got closer to the city the words of my Fisheries instructor at BCIT, Gary Rosberg came hauntingly into my head, “Never underestimate the power of moving water!” He could never have been so right, the devastation was everywhere! I’ll let the pictures describe the scene as I can’t find the words. After linking up with the Saitama Rescue Dog Association we started searching a residential area looking in cars houses and piles of debris but not getting any live finds.

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As we were searching the woman in her late twenty’s came up to us with an infant on her back. She pulled a babies pacifier from her pocket and asked if it would help us find her other child. They lived on the 2nd floor of an apartment and thought that they would be ok, but as the water continued to rise they tried to escape and as her older child started to get washed away her husband tried to save him. They both were washed away and haven’t been found yet. We tried to find them and I wanted to go back there the next day but because of a fire in the area we weren’t allowed back.

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The following day we linked up with the army unit from Beppu,Oita to continue searching. The morning was spent searching along a river filled with debris where the remains of one person was found. The afternoon we searched an area closer to the waterfront where there were areas that were completely washed away with nothing left and some areas where entire houses had been pushed together and back by the waves into one huge crumpled mess making for treacherous searching.

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We had to be back in Fukuoka by Thursday but I hated to leave as there is still so much to do. Time is running out for those who may still be alive and trapped. Even after the Rescue operation is over there are still over 10000 people missing and families connected to those people who can’t carry on until their loved ones are found.

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This is what we have been training for and this is what we can do but there is something that we can all do, we can all help in some way. Please everyone lets look for some way to help, most of these people lost everything so what ever you can do I konw they will appreciate it!


2011.03.24 | Comments(2) | Trackback(0) | 救助犬ログ

Memories

いい~な~~!

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The other day I got a SARdog newsletter in my inbox. In it was all kinds of dog related Search and Rescue info and at the very bottom was this sign (Did you notice the message to dogs? Cool eh!) and I thought, いい~な~~! This sign is in a beach side park in Deep Cove, one of Vancouver's little treasures.

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Deep Cove is a small harbour village, a beautiful place located in the eastern part of North Vancouver about 20 minutes from downtown Vancouver. During my university days I took part in a project in this area and I remember this sign. It’s a great place at any time of the year, all year round you can paddle up Indian Arm and find bears scavenging around on the beaches shadowed by tall peaks. Located right behind Deep cove is Mt. Seymour, a great hiking spot in the summer and a ski hill in the winter with the hiking trails becoming great for snowshoeing.

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Anyway just a short blurb about one of my favourite spots.


2011.03.03 | Comments(0) | Trackback(0) | Ramblings

くじゅうツアー

Weekday Kuju Trip

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Hey everyone, last Wednesday we decided to go and have more fun in the Oita snow. The weather was cloudy but made for a really cool atmosphere with low lying clouds winding their way through mountain passes. Our destination this time was to Ougi Ga Bana, one of the many peaks in the Kuju Highlands.

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Ougi Ga Bana although not one of the tallest peaks in Kuju, the view is awesome! The approach to the summit is also covered in Miyamakirishima Azaleas, so it will also be beautiful in June.

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After we put our crampons on we headed up starting from the Makinoto Pass Trail head. After the first 20 minutes the trail leveled off and the scenery opened up giving us full view of the days route.

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The route was still covered in snow but easy walking except on our final approach to the summit which made for some good laughs as we sunk into snowdrifts.

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At the top we kicked back for lunch and hot drinks while enjoying the landscape in front of us. With some darker clouds rolling in we started to head down with just as many laughs as the way up. On the steeper slopes once again we decided that sliding is a lot more fun than walking.

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To finish off the day we hit my favorite Gyoza restaurant in Hita after a soak in the onsen.

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We even got some to go!

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What a great day!



2011.03.01 | Comments(0) | Trackback(0) | ツアーレポート

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