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In The Beginning – Part III

11 May

This post holds a special place in my heart – and what better day to post it than today…our 6 month anniversary! Seriously? I swear, sometimes life moves too fast. And I am realizing that as I look back, I can remember moments but those moments are hazy. {I think I can thank my parents for that} ūüėȬ† So I’ve decided I need to start documenting my life more – documenting so that when life gets too big, I can always¬†remember the little things.

Enough with the sappy epiphany? You got it!

+ Mt. Fuji

My favorite part of my trip last year was Mt. Fuji – for obvious reasons, even if we didn’t see much of the mountain itself. First off, a word to the wise – don’t visit Mt. Fuji when it’s raining. Duhhhhh. In all honesty, we did contemplate going another day. In fact, I suggested Thursday (it was then Tuesday) – as it was¬†supposed to be the sunniest day of the week¬† – but Collin was quick to say “no, that’s too late”. {He did have secret plans up his sleeve, after all}.

So, with two websites predicting rain and two others predicting sun, we took our chances and headed for the mountain. And THIS is what we saw when we got there:

Can you see Mt. Fuji? Yeah, neither could we. Here I am posing in front of what we thought might be a cloud covered Mt. Fuji.

We later learned that I, in fact, was not standing anywhere close to being in the right direction of Mt. Fuji.

Disappointed, but not losing hope, we decided on an impromptu stay in the area – you know, just incase Mt. Fuji decided to show itself tomorrow? And seeing as how Japan is famous for its Onsen…why not stay at one of those? We decided on Kukuna. Basically because it was the cheapest we could find – let me tell you, they do not offer discounts when your room with a view doesn’t come with a view… But regardless, the hotel was amazing and I’m glad we did it – in true Japanese fashion, no less. {Ok, that’s because the Western style rooms were either sold out or double in price – but you know what they say, when in Rome!}

Here’s a picture of our room, can you tell what’s missing?

That’s right, a bed! Where was our bed? Well tucked away in the closet of course.

But not to worry, while we were out having dinner¬†{which we quickly learned is about the only thing there is to do in this town when it’s cloudy} the hotel made our bed for us.

TA-DA! Ok, so I will admit I was excited to be staying in a “Japanese style” room while in Japan. Until I slept on the bed….those are not for the weak my friends.

But all set-back aside, this trip was TOTALLY worth it. Why? Because I got engaged!!! So maybe we couldn’t see Mt. Fuji, but we knew it was somewhere behind those clouds. And would you know? The next morning we¬†finally got a quick glimpse of the amazing mountain.

I wouldn’t trade that rainy, cloudy trip for the world. It was perfect in my book. In fact, we can see Mt. Fuji from right here on base, and every time I look up and see that mountain, I’m taken back to that perfect day. But I can also tell you I’m excited to see Mt. Fuji for real – as in climbing it this summer. It’s at the top of my wish list for Asia – so who’s coming to visit and climbing with me??

 

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