Sunday, November 30, 2014

Adventures in Old Japan: Going Up

Eventually, I left the beautiful viewpoint at the edge of Magome. I headed out and saw this sign. 
I followed a group who stood near this sign and didn't do anything. Eventually, I decided to follow the path and see what happened. 

It was the right path! But after a few minutes, I was surrounded by the sound of bells. Then I found out why - bear bells set around the forest. 
Had a nice chat with a bicyclist, and then headed on down the path. 

Did I say down? Because suddenly I was going up. 
And up. 
And up! 

I think it was close to a mile of climbing. Augh! 

Although Magome was crowded, the trail was pretty empty. I saw a German lady along the way. We were both surprised at the lack of people!
As I continued climbing, I had a nice chat along the way. It was a good opportunity to take a break. 
Eventually, I realized that I wasn't going up anymore. There was much rejoicing in the land. 

Then I saw an interesting sign. 
I don't know if you can see it or not, but I crossed into Nagano Prefecture during the hike. That's the second time I've walked into another prefecture since I've been here!

1 comment:

Sharon said...

Picturesque is all I can say. Wow!