Tuesday, October 04, 2005
"I want to see mountains again.."
Well I am enjoying myself I will certainly admit to missing a few things from Colorado. I miss Chipotle the most, followed by Fritz the Terror Schnoodle (TM), then my family (*evil grin*) and THEN nature and the Rocky Mountains. Luckily for me, my good buddy Zach lives in Nagano, which just happens to be surrounded by mountains, and he lets me visit him, sometimes.. While they are not exactly up to the standards of the good ole Rockies, these peaks are a lot nicer to look at than Nagoya's undending cityscape. We took a city bus up to Tokakushi, training ground of Ninja in times past. (but that is fodder for a different entry.) We picked a nice looking trail that went up. It was a pretty big change from what I am used to. No rocks for one thing. Well ok, maybe a few rocks, but mostly slick steep mud. It had rained earlier in the day, and the trail was still a bit on the damp side. Undaunted we pressed upwards for a couple of hours. We didnt actually make it all the way to the top, but we found a nice subpeak with amazing views of the mountains and Nagano city. We had to turn around or risk missing the last bus. It would have been a looong walk back to town. It was great fun, and despite the physical exertion, I really felt recharged by the glimpse nature and sublime vistas. Now back to the daily grind! Oh and if someone can identify which film I quoted (stole from) for the title, you get... a virtual cookie.