“You are wrong if you think Joy emanates only or principally from human relationships. God has placed it all around us. It is in everything and anything we might experience. We just have to have the courage to turn against our habitual lifestyle and engage in unconventional living.”
Sports has always been
an important part
of American society.
I don’t mean
professional sports so much,
as amateur sports,
and games anyone can play.
‘Play’ being the
operative word here–
To me, as soon
as you start doing it
for a living,
it sucks the joy and
the ‘game’ right out of it —
— it becomes a profession
and a ‘job’.
A friend of mine
is a professional wrestler.
Although he tries to
keep a low profile,
it is hard for a 6’5
350 pound guy to do that…..
I watched him
trying to get a
work out at my gym
There were always
three or forty people
hanging around him
How he ever
gets a work-out,
I have no idea.
as I said,
with sport has always
been with us…
as it is with other
societies, as well.
And so have sporting postcards —
— for at least 150 years, anyway.
I thought it might be
fun to look at some of
the more interesting
ones today –
” If you want to win,
never show the
white feather …… “
In this case,
the guy in the suspenders
has consumed way too much
of that bowling alley snack bar food —
(probably a couple too many
cold cervezas to wash it down, too)
and he’s ended up
the bane of every
– a SPLIT —
—- in his pants.
I hate it
when my shirt tail hangs out.
Especially THAT way.
I’m not sure it would look
like a white feather, though.
” The Time And Tide. “
This canoeing card
seems to have more
to do with canoodling, I think.
Standing up in a boat
is usually always
a bad thing….
In a canoe…..
Except of course,
when there’s a pretty girl
at the other end.
it’s still better
to find a nice,
spot to eddy out.
Fishing could be a
good way to idle away
Bringing home dinner
will always make
you a hero.
As long as you’ve
ahead of time.
— there’s always
When it comes
the Far East
has always been
my favorite part
of the world.
And, it’s hard to
beat Japan for culture,
charm, and historical landmarks.
The people are friendly,
Osaka is world class fun,
and the countryside is beautiful —
is hiking Mount Fuji.
– and Japan’s highest peak-
is located on the largest island Honshu, about 60 miles southwest of Tokyo.
The Mountain is named after the fire goddess Fuji of the indigenous Ainu people.
Actually, it’s the most sacred of three ” Holy Mountains ” ,
……. the others being Mount Haku in the Ryohaku Range,
and Mount Tate,
the home of the famous Shomyo Falls
( the highest waterfalls in Japan ).
It’s about a two hour bus ride from Tokyo,
and on a clear day, you can see Mt Fuji from there.
It is an active volcano, and
it last blew it’s stack in 1708–
… although many Japanese
scientists are predicting
another eruption at almost anytime now.
I mean, you survived the Maya ‘apocalypse’, dint ya ?
And if it’ll make ya feel any better, you can visit the
shrine of the goddess
near the summit, whose
responsibility it is to keep
the sacred mountain from erupting.
While it is definitely a strenuous hike to complete in one day, if one breaks it into two or three parts, it’s accessible to just about anyone in reasonably good condition.
But, the average Japanese who makes the trek- leaves in the afternoon, hikes all nite, and makes the summit in time to enjoy “Goraikō” — the sunrise breaking atop Fujisan.
If you go in climbing season,
which is about 6 weeks long, and starts July 1, you can ride a bus up to this point.
Most of the rest of the year, you could drive up there and park.
Entry points to this 5th station are on each side of the mountain, and the most popular trails are accessed from here.
There are actually eight major routes from which to choose, depending on the length of your desired hike, and the difficulty involved.
There are four trails that start at the foot of the mountain, and four more starting at ‘fifth’ station.
The Yoshida trail, with it’s many old shrines and facilities like teahouses and rest huts, is also accessible from here,
— but beware– it’s crowded as all get-out in season.
It’ll take the average person about 6 hours up, and 4 hours down.
The oldest trail, Murayama, on the seaward side of Mount Fuji, has been in use for at least 1200 years, extends from the base of the mountain, and has deep roots in Shinto tradition.
Depending on the route you take,
and how fast you’re moving,
it can take from 4 to 9 hours
of walking to ascend from fifth station to the summit.
Footing is pretty good on these trails most of the way, but it’s important that you take your time, especially if you’re hiking at night.
The trails are mostly well packed, but with some looser stuff close to the top, and of course, a steep grade.
( Remember — breathe , step, breathe, step — and don’t forget to hydrate! )
Rest often, and be
aware of your limits.
You are the best judge of what you’re capable of..
…………. don’t push too hard.
Once you make the summit,
you can hike around the crater —
( yes, I told you —
it’s a volcano ),
for about a mile-
……… and it’s as level as trail as you’ve ever been on, thankfully.
On this trail, you will reach a marker that identifies it as kengamine –
… the site of an old radar station,
and the highest point in Japan.
Sounds easy enough, huh?
It’s certainly worth doing, but, there is definitely some stuff you’ll want to bring with you.
This list is not all inclusive, I guess…
…. your mileage may vary,
……. but you wanna have this stuff at very least.
A light backpack to put the rest of this stuff in.
A good head-mounted flashlight and a small hand-held one.
Water and food.
Not too much.
Remember, you gotta carry it.
Other Stuff to Do :
Now, if you decide that all that uphill stuff ain’t for you, you can still use the Ochudo Trail, to see beautiful Mount Fuji.
It is also road-accessible from 5th station, where the very mild trail picks up and winds around the mountain at roughly the same elevation, and is about 5K long.
Down the access road towards the base of Fujiyama, be sure to check out the gorgeous Five Lakes.
Or, if you’re feeling very adventurous and have taken all your meds…..
You might visit
” Sea of Trees” —-
otherwise known as the famous ‘Suicide Forest’ at the northwest base —
this place is so creepy that ….
…… well, some peoples say it makes em crazy.
Come to think of it ……
— forget I mentioned it.
If you’re ready for more information,
why not visit http://www.japan-guide.com/
……… for all kinds of stuff from where to stay to how to get there.
Totemo tanoshii go ryokou wo !!
And tell Miss Tokimatsu I said ‘hello’ !!!!!