If I hadn't seen the mountains in the distance and known there was the sea just beyond the growing things, I'd have thought I was somewhere completely different.
Pretty soon, I was at the bird house, which is really a lake and a visitors' center. It was very peaceful. I remember seeing it when I first arrived in Wakkanai and wondering if I could visit it. Well, I did! Here is a picture of my lovely new bike visiting the lake:
I like it! It really is fun to almost be driving again. The nice thing about bikes is how quiet the ride is when you are away from traffic. I wish I could listen to my iPod on my bike, but I am pretty sure that is not legal!
Speaking of legalness, it's always interesting to find those things that appear to be universal. I think that one is people being pulled over by the police on long weekends. I have to say I got a small jolt when I heard a police car behind me, but they were not pulling me over, thankfully!
Monday evening I met up with another ALT in town and we grabbed some dinner and ice cream and did some shopping. Then, we decided that we needed to get out of town, so we went to the train station and bought tickets for Asahikawa, the nearest significant city. It's about a 3.5 hour train ride from Wakkanai.
So, early the next morning, I got on my little bike and pedaled across the city. It was too early for the buses or I totally would have caught one. We made it to the train station on time (there is no room for error with trains), and pretty soon, we were off. I love the train ride out of Wakkanai because the scenery is just beautiful.
I'm going to end this post here, because I want to post some pictures from our trip, but they will make this post too long. So please stay tuned... ;-)