Showing posts from May, 2014

Mount Tsukuba

Mt. Tsukuba is, I suppose, my local mountain. It is the nearest large hill of any size and, because of it's almost stand-alone aspect, it feels bigger than it is, and it's a climb well worth the views it affords.

It's 40 minutes and a couple of transfers from my house to Tsukuba Centre. From there it's another 30 minutes by bus to the Tsukubasan Shrine and the start of the walk. The bus (720 yen one way), perhaps unsurprisingly given how close this hill is to Tokyo, was pretty full. It was a weekday, so it was a senior crowd. In fact, until I boarded, the average age on the bus must have been about 'dead'. Luckily, me getting on, brought it back down to just under that.

One thing I will say about the more, shall we say, 'seasoned' hiker, is that they are not in any way shape or form ill-equipped. Except that they are. What I mean is, they're ill-equipped because they're over-equipped. You name it, they've got it. Or rather, you name it, they&#…

Evening light

Working in Ishikawa is such a change of pace for me. There's an early finish and the commute is only a five-minute stroll. The evening is long and it's all mine.

I went out about an hour before sunset and walked back in the dark. The weather was clear and fresh and I wanted to catch the light as it faded. It was a beautiful evening. I wanted the light to hold and I wanted to walk forever... it was just that kind of mood.

Lakeside park

The rain sucked the life out of my first day's holiday, so even before it had finished, and well before it had dried, I was off out to get the most from day two. I've walked my local lake countless times at various times of the year, but never when the rhodedendrons have been in bloom, and that was in my mind for this time. I also wanted to capture something of the variety of that part of my world.