So today I took the two oldest to climb a mountain. The Mrs. stayed home with the snotty little one (not his personality, he is just very mucusy [not to be mistaken with couscousy, a tendency to be a little dry and flavourless]).
So we three set off on a little winter adventure. As we drove south grey clouds were skudding across the sky. Trees bent and strained as I tried to keep the car on the road. Perhaps I was too preoccupied with the weather as we missed our turn. A pleasant gas station attendant was more than happy to point out the error in our ways. "Way back there" would probably be the closest translation. So after doubling back we found the right turn (it should have been a left) and started up the mountain. One more double back later and we had reached the parking lot at the top. Totally empty. We walked up to the temple and passed this tree.
After much tramping around, we headed back down the mountain and went for noodles.
Todays big win was bringing home some omiyage (treats from a trip) for mom. It was a long adventure and there wasn't actually all that much hiking but we had fun. Probably the last hike of 2010. Hopefully 2011 will be full of adventure too.
Best wishes to all for an exciting, adventurous and fulfilling 2011.
Youii Otoshi wo Mukaete Kudasai.