Friday, September 7, 2018

Some pre-summer Hike 'n See adventures.

Indeed we did make quite a few outdoor trips 
this pre-summer of 2018.
And boy, did we take heaps of photos.

A lot of them are of course dedicated to 
Check it out if you like to rent a camper.

And for birding, flower and insect updates, 
please see Marijke's Blog.

This is a picture update of some of the outdoor places we visited.

Like the sea, the mountains are calling us:
Come, please come!!

My favourite hike in Fukuoka: Mt Raizan.
Off we go.
This all stone jinja is almost at the top.
A special mood it is vibrating.

 The trail is superb at all seasons and has lots of variety in nature, path and scenery. It's easy to get to by car, and from our location it's even doable by bicycle.

Today there is nobody else around, just 
The Top, 
this flowering beauty, my backpack and me.

A few weeks later an outing was to Mt Aso area, Kumamoto.

Rolling green hills next to smoking wild volcanos.

If you know where to look, 
you can see Mt Unsen near Nagasaki.

Peak to the right is Mt Aso, active volcano.
(yes, at moment of writing you can access the rim).
To the left is Mt Nekko ...
nekko as in cat, as the peaks look like cat's ears.

Mt Aso has it all, like these rolling plains.
Birds and evening flowers nearby,
rain and thunder clouds far away.

Oops, oh hello Mr Anaguma.
You are so cute.
We shared a trail with this fellow. At one stage he passed us through the high grass as close as 2 meters away.

Also a trip to Oita prefecture was made.

Always fun to explore new countryside.

We stopped for a couple of hours enjoying the 
koi-nobori, flying carp flags.
at Tsuetate Town.

Next stop was:
Nabegataki Waterfall in Kumamoto.

Things to see around this Nabegataki Waterfall.

Honesty Stall.
Take what you like, drop the money in the coin locker.
This is Japan.

Then it was time for a hike at Mt Kuju while the tsutsuji (azalea) was flowering.

Know your Way....

The hot spring/ryokan hotel in the center of
 Kuju National Park.
The only way to get here is..... on foot.

Last year i hiked these peaks when the tsutsuji was at 98%.
This day it was maybe at 60%.
Still awesome.

Not all is pink.
Some is active volcano at Mt Kuju 
and hikers are warned not to linger too much at this spot.

Down there...Marijke is waiting ;-)
There is always a bird, a flower or an insect to be photographed.

Driving home we passed some neat looking
& just planted rice paddies.
Magic countryside indeed.

More to follow.


Monday, August 27, 2018

RVing in Japan, pre-summer update

Do you know that song: Video killed the radio star?

Well, no worries, we are healthy and genki, 
but sailing, hiking, fishing, teaching and work commitments for 
Drive N See 
Kyushu Rental Camper kept me busy.
(no-no-no, no complains)

See here, a picture and chat update.
(4 blog postings)

First part of the story, a lot of adventures and miles were made with Esther the Car.

One wet wet wet Friday afternoon we took Esther for a spin along coast in Itoshima. 
Drinking coffee here, eating pizza there.

And a couple of times, Esther served as camper for our birding and hiking trips in central Kyushu.
(see follow-up blogs)

1 weekend we had this Camper Meetup Camp with 3seven77 clients and staff in Kumamoto.

After the camp-event we took the back roads home.
Isn't this an awesome driving country?

And yes, .... we were a bit happily busy with customers from the Netherlands.

More to follow, see next postings.

Of course, for more chats & pictures, see