Posted on 28/04/2013 by walkto80
Group on a log at the lunch spot
At 7:50am, when we met at the arboretum, the mountain was not even visible. But our small group of 6 lovely, international hikers set out on faith that the mountain was still there, taking 2 cars up to the starting point. The air was cool, the trail shady and wide enough to walk abreast with a gentle incline. Naturally we got warmed up as we walked, and within an hour had reached and passed the trail which leads up to the palace fence. Another 15 minutes and we were at the turn off to the CMU/Japan agricultural research area, where we began seeing their strange contraptions set up for their studies. We followed the trail up alongside the high tower which a sign strictly forbids climbing, and clambered around fallen trees, and followed the trail all the way to the bend in the water pipe, but failed to find the trail leading down to the water catchment area. In our attempts we found numerous other small trails, one of which led us back to the tower, so we continued on directly to the water catchment. It was still too early to eat our lunch, and to tell the truth this isn’t a very nice place to eat as it is strewn with cast offs from the research equipment, so we started the hike back down and ate our lunch where there are several official houses and a litter of puppies. From here we took the steep, leafy short cut back to the main trail, and were back at the road by noon. With so much time to spare, we decided we deserved iced coffee at the Jade shop below the temple. Here we discussed the coffee and what kind of hike we would like to do next Sunday.
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