Hiking in January

JuJu, D and JoJo hiking up Mt. Monadanock
D, JuJu and JoJo hiking up Mt. Monadanock
D and I on the summit!
Me and D on the summit!

While Mike’s been exploring Japan I’ve been enjoying my time in the northeast, which, of course, involves hiking! Since Mike’s been gone I’ve done three hikes in the New England area. First, JuJu, JoJo, D and I hiked Monadnock in New Hampshire. It was a beautiful day with blue-bird skies, perfect temps, icy terrain and strong wind gusts at the summit. Matter of fact, the winds were so strong that they blew little D over! It was a wonderful hike and a great time!

Me and Mom on the summit of Mt. Alander
Me and mum on the summit of Mt. Alander
Summit of Mt. Alander
Summit of Mt. Alander

Later that week my JuJu and I decided to explore Mt. Alander out in Mt. Washington, MA. Yes, you heard me right, there is a Mt. Washington Massachusetts! We lucked out again with blue-bird skies and perfect temps! After our hike we visited Bash Bish Falls, also in Mt. Washington, MA. I had never been and my Mom had never been in the winter. It was a beautiful sight to be seen, cascading waters, running through a half-frozen falls into pristine, turquoise-colored water! The pictures really didn’t do it justice as the sun was beginning to set. We finished off our lovely day with some yummy food at the Gypsy Joynt in Great Barrington, MA!

Me, my bro and my mum on the summit of Mt. Kearsage
Me, my bro and my mum on the summit of Mt. Kearsage
It was an icy day on the mountain!
It was an icy day on the mountain!

Yesterday, JuJu, the brosif and I headed up to Mt. Kearsage in the Sunapee region of NH! It was probably the most beautiful and interesting hike I’ve been on in a while. It had rained the day before and the temperatures had dropped below freezing that night, so all of the trees, bushes, benches, roads, and trails had been coated in ice. Everything around us was glistening in the sunshine! It was like being in some sort of fairytale! It was a short hike, but it took us twice as long to get to the summit on a count of me stopping every minute to take another picture! Needless to say, my hard drive is filling up fast with pictures of these beautiful hikes this past month!!

Mike and mum walking the closed road.
Mike and mum walking the closed road.

In other news, I recently received word that I’m leaving on March 1st for Japan!! I can’t even begin to tell you how excited I am!! We have been assigned a townhouse in Sagamihara, in the Kanagawa prefecture. It is part of Camp Zama, but is about 3 kilometers, which is just under 2 miles, away from the Camp Zama. Mike is moving in there on the 1st of February. The building were built back in the 50’s, so they are somewhat “dated”, if you will. 😉 Mike said that there is a new housing development going up in Sagamihara that is supposed to be done by the fall of this year and we were told that we’d be moving into the new housing once it’s completed. 🙂 I’ll be relieved when that happens as I’m not sure that the building codes in the 50’s are up to par with the those today when it comes to withstanding earthquakes, and seeing as Mike has already experienced two (very small) earthquakes, I’d feel much safer in a newer establishment! 🙂

That’s all for now, keep checking back for more updates from New England and beyond… 🙂