Call me crazy, but as hiking season was upon us, I heard the beckoning of Mt. Fuji again. This time though, I wanted to hike without the girls. I wanted to spend the day with Matt, enjoying his company and the mountain without mothering anyone.
We had initially planned to hike a different trail (there are 5 of them), but after driving around the town for 30 minutes, with no luck finding parking, we cut our losses and headed back to Yoshida Trail, the same one we hiked last year, and the most popular.
I must say, the third time’s the charm, as far as weather goes. It was the day of my dreams. You could even see the lakes surrounding the volcano. There are five lakes in the area, and I think we saw three of them. ( Also, the lake water is actually very warm, due to the volcanic activity underneath. Perfect for swimming!)
You’ll often see people just laying by the side of the trail asleep. But, these two were SO close to the top. I can’t imagine stopping within 10 minutes of the top, to take a nap. But, at 3,776 meters, the altitude can be very difficult for lots of people.
Such a breathtaking view from the top. I FINALLY had a VIEW! I am very sad that the girls missed out on this view, and also, seeing the crater. It was so misty last year we didn’t see anything. They will have to return as adults, and hike it again!
We shaved SO much time off of our hike, without the girls. We made it up in 5 hours and down in 2, and spent about 30 minutes at the top, for a total time of 7.5 hours, round trip. (We had an 11 hour round trip with the girls.)
The absence of adversity sure doesn’t make for an interesting story, but I felt lighter in mind, body and spirit this trip. It was such a wonderful day hanging out with Matt, and not worrying about the girls. And the Lord delivered the most perfect day! So, since this day could not be improved upon in any way, I can officially retire from climbing Mt. Fuji…….maybe.