Ferry Boats & Solitude | Blaise
One of my favorite times of the year is Fall. In Colorado I used to love the Fall crisp mornings, cloudless blue skies, and redish/yellowish/orangeish aspens. My family and I would drive three hours to go to our cabin in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains to enjoy the season. Since then, fall is the season that I look forward to all year. The temperature is cool enough to run any time of day and you appreciate it when the sun is in the sky.
Fall in Japan is glorious. The humidity and mosquitos go away and the mainland is less likely to bit hit by typhoons. This year, Japan was experienced an extra long typhoon season -- not a weekend in October was without an umbrella. Now in November, it is like the clouds have been pushed away on all sides.
This past weekend I took my first solo trip to Nikogiriyama, a town in Chiba prefecture, to hike. When I first looked up directions to get to Mt. Nikogiriyama, I was surprised to find that Google Maps couldn't find any train to get to the base of the mountain. Blasphemy! No trains? Nonsense- that never happens in Japan. Well, no trains actually opened the door to a ferry ride across the Tokyo-wan harbor. Just an hour to Yokohama -- a 30 min local train to the port city -- a 15 minuite bus ride to the port -- and a 45 min ferry ride to the mountain.
Ferries are held in a special place in my heart. Growing up in landlocked Colorado -- I am not exactly sure why, but there is definitely something special, uncommon, freeing (maybe?) about traveling on a boat.
After looking back at this trip, I've realized a few things. --- First, I am in love with Mt. Fuji. Please see the photos below and you'll start to see my obsession. I remember running across this busy road in the town in the attempt to get a picture of Fuji, falling and still making sure to get back up and snag a couple of pictures before the sun set.
Secondly... I find a lot of solitude and motivation from taking solo trips. I enjoy the process of figuring out how to climb a mountain by myself, get lost in my own thoughts and hike. It was fantastic to finish an hour climb and see one of the biggest Buddhas in Japan stare right back at you.
Finally, I want to adventure more myself... by myself I want to make the effort to take time and get lost with the time that I have here.