Sunday, May 6, 2018

April Happenings II

April is migrating season.
For birds and boats.
Fukuoka was temporary landing spot for 
out of San Francisco.
On board Kathy and John.

Selena 53, very similar to Shogun.

Happy we could help them out with loading fuel.
A whooping 3300 liter diesel.
And a shopping trip to Costco ;-)

Sakura blooming was over, but nothing to worry, 
other trees and plants kept us in-the-clouds with their flowers and smells.

This year the tsutsuji, aka azalia, was stunning.

Noriko san tries to blend in.

And as of April, 
Airbnb Experiences are promoting my hiking event in Imajuku.

Click HERE for more.

Good fun, good fun.
So far with hikers joining me from
The Philippines,
Hong Kong,

Care for a hike in Fukuoka?


Friday, May 4, 2018

April Happenings I

A picture & update on some of 
Alishan and crew April Adventures.

A golden sunrise moment over Fukuoka.
The meniscus has been responding nicely to some intra-joint injections, rest and muscle strengthening 
(said me-is-the-physical-therapist).
So it's back to early AM jogging with my buddies. 

Location: the hill at Odo Park.

 Then, one early Friday morning:

  Nomozaki here we come! 
A spin with Esther the Car.

Nomozaki is part of Nagasaki City.
 Driving the coast line just SW of the town is pretty and relaxing.
Here showing off with pure blue and clean water.

At one of the photo-stops, 
just in the center between these 2 rocks, we spotted
Gunkanjima! in the distance.
In the past, with Jan Haring, Alishan and Fukyo, 
we had sailed by " Battleship Island" many times.
Now we see it from the mainland.

Anyway, our mission-du-jour is of course:
Birdwatching and hiking..... know who does what.
While Esther is patiently waiting.
Sweet toyota-girl.

As always, for the birdy shots, zoeff over to Marijke's blog.

Next are some more scenery pictures taken during the hike.

School yard fun.
ALL ! the kids 
from the local elementary and junior high school.

 A zoom-in of Gunkanjima.
A battleship indeed.

 Port of Nomozaki.

Beaches are patiently waiting for the summer crowd.

 Small crop farming, this is countryside.

Back at base-camp i found this scenery:
Yes, something is hiding over there....

In the afternoon we moved on.
This part of the country, roads are narrow.
Slow driving does it and traffic is sparse.

One more hike... the lighthouse at Kabeshima, 
most SW point of Nagasaki prefecture.

 A small museum with retired lighthouse bits and pieces.
The door is open, nobody is there, only a visitors book.
Isn't Japan awesome: It just sits there and no sticky-fingers!

Late afternoon we went back to Nomozaki Port for some food & more sightseeing.
Ouch, seeing this hurts.

 But this is cute.

And this is Sniff Sniff.
Sad to end your well travelled ocean-life like this.
But the location is Top.

The shoe locker at the local Hotspring.
Here we enjoyed a good soap and soak
 after a wonderful day On the Move.

You know we like RVing.
Driving around, exploring and camping with Esther.
And again we found a perfect spot for the night.
Clean toilets, water and a vending machine for warm coffee.

In case you want to know the exact location of this possy....

Next day we did some more B & H until midday...
when the rain-gates opened up and we flooded ourselves back to Fukuoka.
To a happy Nori who had missed us briefly at dinner time.

And finally, from the land where veggies are sweet and yummy:
Thank you Momoko papa and mama.
Ibusuki's garden-peas are the BEST.


Monday, April 16, 2018

Kyushu Rental Camper trip report.

Friends Ayumi and Moses with their puppies
took Kyushu Rental Camper's pet-OK RV for a spin around
Shikoku Island.

A perfect 1 week destination from Fukuoka.

All on Board.

RV at rest.

Shikoku Island.
Well known for temples, scenery, pilgrimage, hot springs and 
......more temples.

Who's Gonna Drive You Home...?

Explore Japan by camper, way to go.
(pictures by Ayumi/Moses, thanx a zillion).


Saturday, April 7, 2018

Off the Beaten Track in Itoshima, Fukuoka.

Off the Beaten Track in Itoshima.

Are you ready to join our hike?

How and Where?
Take the subway/train from Fukuoka 
and get off at  Imajuku Station.
Meet you at the 7/11 across the road.

 So, what is the hike?
A pleasant 2K walk through a small village, 
along rice fields & gardens.
 Then follow a winding river until...

  ...the start of the climb.
To the top is about an other 2K, 
at a slow pace it takes about 45 minutes.

  Easy going does it.
Plenty of resting spots and great viewing.

Then, depending, we can continue for another 2 hours along the mountain ridge,
or we make a U-turn.

This year, the weather at the peak of the Sakura Blossoming
was just plain perfect.
Lucky us.

Next flowers to look out for is: Fuji aka Wisteria.
Peak time: Late April.

Last time on the way back to the station, we spotted this mobile supermarket.
Ain't it cute?

Want to join an Off the Beaten Track?

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