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くじゅうと福智山ツアー

A misty day in Kuju,

and a clear, chilly day on Mt. Fukuchi.


Once again I have to apologize for giving in to the procrastinator side of my personality and not updating the blog sooner...I’m still a work in progress!!!

Anyway, the past couple weeks have been pretty busy, but in a good way, with a couple of really fun tours. Our first tour was to Bogatsuru in Kuju followed by a trip to Mt. Fukuchi last Sunday.

Bogatsuru


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Last time we were here the ground was covered with the frozen white stuff, but this time with the coming of spring the snow had turned to rain. Most people would have given up at the first hint of rain but not our intrepid adventurers, we donned our rain wear and headed up the trail and were rewarded with a really fun day.

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As we reached the Bogatsuru marshland the clouds were still low and again we couldn’t see the surrounding mountains but after our lunch break the clouds had lifted enough that the mountains were peeking through and we could see the sun working hard to burn off the rest.

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As we cheerfully heading back down the Yoshibe valley the mist started to roll in and gave us a really cool mysterious vibe. Of course we stopped by the Kurasome waterfall for a quick coffee break before heading back to the car and the awaiting onsen!

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Mt. Fukuchi


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Last Sunday we headed up from the Nogata side of the mountain which is one of the more quicker routes up. Today finally we had a sunny day, the last few trips have been swallowed by clouds and rain, which is also fun but it’s nice to have a clear blue sky, especially here where the view is HUGE!!

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The sky was clear and really beautiful but as payment for that was the last bite of winter, a really chilly wind was cutting through the forest and as we progressed up the mountain the speed and chilliness progressed as well. We headed to the mountain hut first to have lunch before making our ascent to the top and were glad we did because at least we had nice warm bellies when we hit the -1osummit and howling wind!

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I think we were on the top for only about 5 to 10 minutes, enough to take in the scenery and snap a proof of life picture before scrambling down into the tree line for some respite from the wind. The descent was a quick one with the trail heading straight down the ridgeline. Once again we stopped by the Shiraito waterfall for some minus ions before heading down.

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Both of these trips were quite different in nature but we had a great time and I can’t wait to head out again. This weekend we’re heading off to Hyogo once again! This time we’re taking part in a WMA Brush up course to go and practice our First Aid and Rescue skills.

Stay tuned for that report too!


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2012.03.29 | Comments(1) | Trackback(0) | ツアーレポート

H Plus くじゅうツアー

A White day in Bogatsuru

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Last Saturday we had a great time with the H plus store Fukuoka. Our destination was the Bogatsuru campground in the Kuju highlands and although we were expecting to get wet with rain in the forecast we were pleasantly surprised to find snow falling to give us a last taste of winter.

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We made our way up from the Yoshibe trail head through the Yakushima like mist laden forest onto the snow covered Bogatsuru marsh. Once we get here we usually we find ourselves surrounded by Mt. Mimata, Mt. Heiji, and Mt. Taisen, but today with the low lying clouds the mountains were hidden and only from time to time did they peak through to give us a quick view.

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After warming up with a lunch of soba we headed down to the Kurasome waterfall for snacks, coffee, and all the minus ions we could soak up before heading down to the car.

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After a hike like that there are only 2 words that come to mind……..Onsen, and Gyoza!! We hit both before coming home after a really fun day. Our next trip with the H Plus store will be at the beginning of next month on April 7th, lookin’ forward to it!!




2012.03.16 | Comments(0) | Trackback(0) | ツアーレポート

一年前

A Year Ago Today

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It was a year ago today that another rescue dog handler and I drove into Kesennuma city, Miyagi prefecture and were utterly shocked at the devastation we were seeing, mud covered streets and debris everywhere and I’ll also never forget the shell-shocked faces on the residents that were still alive.

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After we arrived we started to search for survivors but even though Mana searched so hard and I have never been more proud of her, the only thing we were able to accomplish were recoveries.

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Though it was a tragic event we were also able to learn a lot about how we need to respond to a large scale disaster and after coming back home I vowed to keep learning and keep training so that when the next one comes we can do better and help more.

Never Forget, Always Be Ready!
頑張れ気仙沼、頑張れ東北、頑張れ日本!


2012.03.13 | Comments(0) | Trackback(0) | 救助犬ログ

福智山ツアー

Who says you can`t have fun in the rain!

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The next time you plan to go for a hike and then get depressed when you look out the window the morning of the trip only to see rain, DON’T!! Our trip to Mt. Fukuchi was just that and we had a great time!!

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At first we were all a little worried about how much rain was going to fall but once we were under the forest canopy, nature’s umbrella, we were all smiles! The rain and mist gave the whole trip a bit of a Yakushima feel which was really cool.

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At the summit the wind was blowing pretty good so we only spent time enough for the all important summit picture and then we all slid down the trail to warm up with a spicy lunch and coffee in the hut.

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The trip down was even more adventurous as the trail had become more slippery as the day went on but everyone did a great job with only a couple of people getting their butts dirty.

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The end of the trip was just as rewarding as getting to the summit as we stopped by Shiraito Waterfall, a most beautiful ending to a really fun day!



2012.03.06 | Comments(2) | Trackback(0) | ツアーレポート

スノボツアー

A great day on the slopes!

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Hey there we had a great last taste of winter last week when we packed up our boards and headed off to the Mizuho Highlands in Shimane. I was a bit worried about the roads up with all the snow we’ve had recently but they were clear the whole way up.

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The weather forecast was for clouds and snow and it was like that for the first few hours but after a bit the clouds and snow lifted to reveal the surrounding landscape covered in a beautiful fresh blanket of white.

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The conditions were really good too with only a few patches of ice and heavier snow on the lower slopes but higher up it was soft and dry making for a lot of fun! This was the first time we’ve been boarding in the last 4 years and we had a great time and can’t wait to go again!!

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Our next trip into the mountains will be this Sunday when we head off to Mt. Fukuchi for a nice day in the mountains!

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2012.03.02 | Comments(0) | Trackback(0) | ツアーレポート

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