Tuesday, April 20, 2010

A day in the hills without rain!

It had to happen some time, a fine days tramping!! On Saturday I organized a JET tramping trip to Kyushu’s highest mountain Kujusan. This was the first mountain I climbed back in about September last year.

It was a beautiful day with blue skies and slowing rising temperature. We have been very unlucky lately as the spring weather has been nothing short of crap. Rain, rain, rain and more rain.

Being such a beautiful day it was quite busy and humans dotted the landscape like little ants. After climbing Mt Kuju we traversed around a few other peaks and a beautiful mountain lake before making our way back down. The mountain was still wearing its ‘winter’ clothes as the crappy spring has meant low temps and a late blooming of flowers; no snow but stark naked trees and only the slightest hint of things starting to green up.

Thankfully the active volcanic vents were in fine form throwing up a cloud of steam, not quite as high as Iceland’s volcano though!