Saturday, February 25, 2012

Dogs and snow

Today, we took in part of the Japan Cup – dogsled races held out here the last weekend in February.

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Unfortunately, we missed the bus that would have taken us straight there, so we caught another bus and then hoofed it for about a mile to get to the park. We got to see doggies run. Then, we got roped into 2 interviews. Two embarrassing interviews, that is. I hope that footage never sees the light of day.

After the races (and eating pork spareribs), we made our way back to Wakkanai on the proper bus. Then, we chilled for a few minutes, and made our way back to the snow park we went to last week.

The snow park has lots of fun things to do. Today, we went snowshoeing, cross country skiing, snowmobiling, and snow rafting. It was a lot of fun!CIMG5886

Here we are in the snow raft of ridiculous awesomeness. You ride in an inflatable raft behind a snowmobile. We may or may not have caught some air in our raft. Yes. Airborne snow rafting. Try not to be too jealous.

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And here we are, ready to take on the snowmobiling course. Look out!

It’s sad that today was our last full day together, but we sure had a lot of fun!

Friday, February 24, 2012

Flu and blizzards

So, the bro has been here for almost two weeks, and it has been wonderful. Some tough things happened early on – a dear friend’s father back home passed away. It was so hard to be here and not be able to be there for her. Her dad was an amazing wise and godly man, and I’m glad that I had the chance to know him. My heart just breaks for his family that is still here, though.

This week, the bro and I both came down with that lovely scourge of winter – influenza. Thankfully, we had done most of what we wanted to do in the week before. Today, we are venturing back out into the world – should be interesting.

We have had two blizzards since the bro came – not just the regular kind, but the kind that cancels trains. That does not happen so often here (we special ordered it for maximum impressiveness).

We have also had some remarkably beautiful days, too. Like this:CIMG5682

This was the day we went to a local park with a ton of winter activities.

OK, will write more later!