Saturday, February 10, 2018

Do you smell that too? Is Spring in the Air?

Last Monday and Tuesday it was still weather like this:  








Confusing neh.


But then on Friday,
a warm weather front came to town.
So, quickly the hiking shoes got out and off we went to
Mt Kanondake in Imajuku, a mere 20 minute drive.


  Start of the trail, ample parking, a vending machine, a toilet
walking aids and more important: a mountain spring supplying fresh and tasty drinking water to fill the flask.


 At the top, facing West, Itoshima countryside.


Facing East.
Down there is Fukuoka.
So near, so far.


 Facing North.
Hakata Bay with Nokonoshima in the center.
That was a pleasant 3 hour hike.
Isn't Fukuoka a wonderful place to live at?
Town, sea, mountains. All nearby.


And oh boy,
Do i smell Spring....?

Salute.

Monday, January 15, 2018

Mt Raizan in the Snow January 2018

In mid January, 
we had two days of snowfall on the mountains of Fukuoka.
So we quickly grabbed our cameras, 
put on our hiking gear and set off to explore...
Ahum, it's not really exploring anymore as we know this place already so well...
....but the snow...... That's a Bonus.

These pictures tell the story.
Mt Raizan, the highest peak in this picture is our goal.
But first a pit-stop is at and around the famous

Sennyoji Temple.



































Usually it takes me 2 hours to climb to the top of Mt Raizan.
The snow made it slow going:  2 hours and a half.

The scenery and atmosphere was awesome.
Lucky to have been able to start early AM, only a few other hikers had been there before.
Going down, the trail was already flattened by the many food-steps.

Salute.

Saturday, January 13, 2018

With Wings 'n Things RVing around Kumamoto, Japan.



A really nice picture report by Marijke, about our 4 day trip around Kumamoto, Kyushu.  Click on the link:





Saturday, January 6, 2018

On the Move with RV Auckey Dokey in Kyushu.

The week between Xmas and New Year 
saw us cruising the roads in central Kyushu.

Yes, that's right: Countryside.


As part of exploring and promoting 
RVing in Japan.

And because we just like to be On the Move.
Be it with Alishan,
Esther or now with
 Auckey Dokey.


At 3seven77 in Yanagawa, Fukuoka.  
Indeed, we are ready for it.


First stop at Hitoyoshi, Kumamoto.
Top Spot. 
Clean toilets, hotspring and 
nice & cheap restaurants in walking distance.
Like so often in Japan: free parking 


Of course part of the trip was dedicated to birdwatching.
Luxury, it could be done form inside Auckey Dokey.

But we also saw other interesting sights:





This was at our second overnight stop.
Again, free of charge, clean toilets and yes !! in front of a hot-spring.


The only traffic trouble we had was a 15 minute delay due to mountain road construction work.
Smile.


 We paid an other visit to Takachiho Shrine and of course...


 Takachiho Gorge.
Parking at the gorge is always a problem. 
For sure the size of Auckey Dokey didn't help,
so we parked at Takachiho Shrine and took a pleasant 
 20 minute walk to the gorge.


 3rd Overnight stop was just to the SE of Mt Aso.
Again, yes, free of charge, clean toilets, 
and next door to a hot-spring.


We had a ball of a time, for sure helped by 
**4 days of awesome weather,
**a marvelous RV supplied by 3seven77.
**It was definite off-season and hence very little traffic.
**This part of Kyushu is very isolated, super to explore.

** Great RVing conditions in general as only can be found in Japan.
Clean, safe & full of nature and culture.
We will be back.

Some numbers:
Auckey Dokey drove 450 Km, paid 4000 yen in total for Express Way use, and drank 8000 yen of diesel (included using the heater at night).

See a short YouTuby HERE.


salute.