Feb Kyoto Trip Pics #3

Off the bus from Shiragawago… we arrived in Kanazawa to a freezing and snowy day.  Our first stop was a local food market for lunch.  We spent some time walking around….

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My favorite stand… fried goods.

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We ate lunch at this local seafood restaurant.

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Most of the locals and Darian got this sushi bowl.

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I opted for this fried monstrosity.

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We then headed over the a pretty famous garden.  Did I mention how cold and snowy it was?

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Me destroying a Japanese snowman.

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Back at the train station. Bye Bye….

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Feb Kyoto Trip Pics #2

The trip to Shiragawako starts with a train ride.  Some of us got a little sleep.

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Darian did a good job preparing sweets.

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It was snowing when we arrived.  Actually.. it never really stopped snowing the whole time we were there.

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Taking the bag to our hotel.

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Me checking out the gateway near a small temple.

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The snow was up to our waists.

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Darian always seemed happier in the cold then I was.

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The entire village is visible from this small hill.

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We stopped in this restaurant for lunch.

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Food was pretty good.

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Outside a small cafe that we decided to try.

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Big communal table with a pot of red bean soup on the fire.

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The owner.

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Some pictures from inside our hotel.

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The sweet lady who ran the hotel. IMG_4131

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Bye Bye Shirakawago….

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Feb Kyoto Trip Pics #1

Back to Kyoto to visit Darian 🙂

Saw this interesting statue on the way to a temple.  Being a gaijin… I of course had to climb up for a closer look.

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Tada!

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An old couple watching a fountain.

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In front of the temple.

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Can’t get much more Japanese than this.

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Someone in Kyoto had this beautiful El Camino.  First time I’ve ever seen a classic American car in Japan. Wow.

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Local bakery

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Selling these cut chocolate hearts for vday.

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Eating mine…

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Yummy Korean bbq in Kyoto.

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Kanazawago Pics to come.

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Death Valley Trip With Robbie: Racetrack valley, Thimble Peak and around

Robbie finally came to visit so I took my old side kick out to Death Valley.  We started out early Saturday morning from Ridgecrest.  As you can see… it actually rained overnight and the morning fog burning off created an amazing picture against the Sierras. 342

Turning East to Death Valley.

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The beginning of Saline Valley Road.

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Adding gas for the long drive.

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Saline Valley Road slowly climbs up to South Pass.  Lots of Joshua trees.

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At the top of South Pass.  This is Mill Canyon below.

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Eventually we turned up Lippincotte Road.  This is an old mining road.  The pictures really don’t convey how steep and rough this road was.

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Near the top.  If you closely you can see the road below.

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Eventually we made it Racetrack valley and out hike of the day.

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This is the racetrack below. 359

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We found some old copper mines to explore.

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For dinner we headed to Nevada and a local bar.

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Robbie gave it thumbs up.

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They had this out door stove which I enjoyed.

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Breakfast the next morning at the Diner with the locals.

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Next it was time to gas up with some of that cheap Nevada petrol.

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Around 9am we set off for our hike up Thimble Peak.   We started from Red Pass off Titus Canyon Road. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Even from the trailhead things were beautiful.

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Robbie forging ahead.

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Here I am in front of Thimble Peak (distance).

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Close up view of it.

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Robbie heading up the steep part. This is about as steep as I like to get without a rope.

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Me heading up

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This was the drop off to the North slide.  Yikes….

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At the top… breathtaking.

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On the way home there two notable events:

One: The drive through Tutus Canyon.

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Two: Getting caught in my first sandstorm.

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The experience was just surreal.  Oppressive yet beautiful at the same time.  What a weekend.

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Workout of the day

Workout of the day

12 burpee pullups
50 jumping lunges
30 wall balls
9 burpee pullups
40 jumping lunges
20 wall balls
6 burpee balls
30 jumping lunges
10 wall balls

Time: 11:15

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Workout of the day

4 rope climbs
7 95lb push presses
3 rope climbs
7 push presses
2 rope climbs
7 push presses
Row 100 calories

Time: 17:37

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Sedonda Trip Pics II

I started my morning at a local joint called the Coffee Pot.

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They had one of the largest menus I’ve ever seen… and yes.. complete with 101 different Omelets.  I opted for the ham steak breakfast.  Yum.

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After not finishing that gigantic breakfast I headed over to my second hike at Bear Mtn. It happens to be one of the highest mtns around Sedona at about 2100m (6500 feet) in case you were wondering.

Trail head.

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The next several pictures are of the lower 1/2 of the trail.

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Arriving at the middle sections.

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It started snowing at around the 1/2 way point.

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The snow made for some interesting pictures
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Pictures from the top.

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Few more pics on the way down.

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After my long climb I headed into town for some coffee.  Stumbled on this little cafe which seemed pretty interesting.

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Since they had spiced cider on the menu I opted for that. What treat.

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Next stop was Cafe Jose’s for dinner.

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I wasn’t really sure what to expect here because the menu was 1/2 Mexican (tacos, burritos, etc) and 1/2 American classics (meatloaf, fried chicken).  I opted for the Chicken dumpling special.

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This is what arrived.  Wow.  Just what I needed after a long day of hiking.  It was really good and cheap too.  The whole meal set me back $11.

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Since it was Xmas Eve I decided to go back to cafe and catch up on my reading.   No cider this time… The Economist, beer and a cookie… classic.

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Dinner at Jose’s was so good I went back for breakfast.  The best machaca con huevos I’ve ever eaten hands down.  Just what needed before my long 8 hour drive home.

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Next I hit the road.  This is somewhere between Sedona and Phoenix.

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Finally home.  I put 1083 miles on the Xterra in 4 days all by myself.  To all the people in Southern California who sell their cars on craigslist:  This is what mostly “highway miles” means.

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