So we left the littlest gaffer asleep at home with the reli's and head off for a short hike. Today's destination was the sister mountain to our first real hike. It is called Yahazu Dake (302 m). It is not a listed Yahazu Dake however so I cannot provide a link, darn it. However, I do have pictures a plenty.
The sign at the parking lot says it is a fifteen minute hike. It took us about 25 minutes and both the kids, though at points whiny, never gave any hint of being ready to give up. The parental conversation revolved around how starting off with easy hikes is good and there is no need to push it and then turn the kids off of hiking. Like I will be able to stick to that.
Of the two mountains we have hiked this was the one not recommended by Kohei's teacher as it is too steep. However, it is clearly the better hike. Trail is well marked and quite wide. There are some rope railings set up in the steep stretches. And the view at the top is panoramic taking in both the sea of Japan to the west and Kinko wan (kinko bay) and Sakurajima to the east. It was a sort of hazy day so the pictures aren't the best but you get the idea.
Also at the top were some killer big spiders. We watched one in the process of taking in a fresh catch. We saw it move in. Grab the little bug with its pincers. Then we saw it use its hind legs to pull out the silk and wrap the critter up. It was cool and the kids were fascinated. They actually wanted to take it home. I had to explain that there are spiders like this everywhere near our house. Kiyomi actually pet the spider a couple of times. There are literally pet opportunities everywhere that child looks.
Sorry about the spider picture but I am not experienced with manual focus on our little point and shoot and I didn't have a tripod.