Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Winter Spin with Esther the Car

Izumi, Kagoshima.
As you can see, it's early. And tell you, it's cold.
But it's looking good for....

Are you ready......


10.000  Tsuru's!!!
Click on the picture.

Short tuby, taken on January 7, just before sunrise.
Tsuru's from all over the place are flying in to share their breakfast in this field.
This year there is no bird-flu in the air, so we can come really close to the feeding grounds.
What an amazing sight!
See also Marijke's pictures at:

Later that day we drove further down south but we had-to-stop to take this picture: 
 Mount Sakura on the other side of Kagoshima Bay is steaming and fuming.
Oh yes, this is the land of volcano's and hot springs.
Beside the tsurus and the hot springs there was an other reason why we were spinning around with Esther.
Yep, Yap had done it again: he had signed-up for
the Ibusuki Marathon.

Of course we were happy we could sleep in Esther the Car as marathon friends Noriko and Sayuri decided to flood the hotel rooms....
Yes, rooms!

After a big slushslush clean/dry-up action by all our team members, it was time for a cuppa and a joke.
But what not a joke was.... our friend Mi-chan would join us for the marathon. Last year she was on the side line, together with Marijke, cheering and shouting us to the finish line.
This year she decided to try the 42K herself.

And.... we all made it to the finish line,
 AND to the big feed-up cq drinkdrink party afterwards.

Thank you all for getting tired;-)

Esther the Car drove us safe and comfy >> 850 K.

Guess what Nori and Wakame said
when we picked them up from their " cat jail"......


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