07.20.2012 - 07.20.2012
We're on our own again. Somehow, miraculously, we made it to the campsite at Asahidake Onsen. The air here is cool and clean, exactly as you'd expect mountain air to be. The campsite and kitchen (!) and bathroom facilities, though located at the edge of a swamp, are also immaculate. The only annoyances are the mosquitoes, which are numerous and hungry.
Chris is still sleeping. He's curved his body in such a way as to allow me only a small semicircle in which to sit. We're to shower this morning, but I don't know how we'll manage it without disturbing our neighbors with our nudity. They seem to be Americans, which makes it somehow worse, perhaps because I could understand their exclamations of surprise and disgust.
Today we embark on our 5-day hike. I hope I don't relapse into sickness.
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Look at us all fresh-faced at the beginning (remember this when you look at the day 5 pictures)
These wooden tracks were a godsend, the terrain being so rough
OMG, look at me smiling! Little did I know.
The rocks aren't so fun to walk on
Smile is starting to look a bit more forced
We better not be frickin' lost
It's a bit cold up here in the mountains of Japan's northernmost island
Struggling up while the schoolkids make their way down. It's a day trip for them!
After all, at the end, he had to carry two bags some of the time. I just couldn't do it. As you will see, there were a lot of tears on this trip.
But, damn, it's gorgeous
And we feel on top of everything
Oops, did I do that?
Er, not sure what's going on here
The descent was worse than the ascent (bad knees)
Not helped by a slippery snow field
The man's dedication to showering is impressive
He was even colder than he looks