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Day 4: And So On...

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A bright, sunny day! I think this is the day that killed our skin.

Looking a bit nervous

I love love love the wooden walkways

It's a land of small, boulder-dwelling, mythical creatures

A nice little bit of fog

Ah, some snow melt (infested with a parasite that spreads through fox feces)

Getting tired

So many rocks...


So many rocks :(

No more rocks

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I miss Yoshi already. He sent us an emissary this afternoon--a friendly middle-aged man who had blood on his teeth. "Are you two by chance from San Francisco? I met a man..." He wanted to make sure we would be all right climbing the mountain, that we wouldn't get lost. We assured him we wouldn't. At that time I was still in fairly high spirits. Then, before he left, he told us to keep a look out for the pika, who like to make their home in the boulders. They give off a high whistling squeal. He tried to imitate it but couldn't, and we all laughed.

Tomorrow is our last day of hiking. Almost all of it will be downhill--we drop 1,400 meters. You can imagine my worry.

Yet, today was one of the most picturesque days of hiking so far. And, while I'm worn down, I don't think I'm quite as exhausted as I expected to be. Also, no tears on the trail this time.

Posted by chschen 05:00 Archived in Japan

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