Deer Camp 2008!!

Deer Hunting Season in Michigan (really the U.P.) is like a religion.  I take part in the ritual with my Dad, Brother, Nephew, cousin and a big group of friends.

I don’t “hunt” per se…since becoming a retired Air Force guy, I can no longer get the hunting license for $2, and I don’t want to pay $150 for the honor to sit in the woods.

But, I do love drinking beer, playing cards, and laughing with “Da MEN”.

Sure, I don’t really fit in up there with a lot of the locals, I don’t drink cheap beer and that must make me gay (not that there is anything wrong with that)…but the core of the group makes it worth it.

So this is a long way of saying I will be out of town for a while…but I will try to post some pictures from the road…if I can find a place to connect!

Yoops  :-)

Travel Log: Vancouver Canada

We returned from a 2 night/3-day trip to Vancouver Canada last night.?? Here is the photo summary:

??Day 1:?? Thursday 3 July

??Get up way too early to catch the early flight.

Arrive and??get some lunch at Tim Horton (Tim bits are doughnut holes…very tasty)

Tim bits

Then we went for a Bike Ride in Stanely Park…

Bike Ride

??By the way, our hotel room had a great view (even on a cloudy day)…

view from hotel

Day 2:?? Lynn Canyon Park

Lynn Canyon

Day 3:?? Van Dusen Gardens

I was pretty pooped out:

Van Dusen Jeff

Yayoi was still ready to rock!

Van Dusen yayoi

If you want to see all the pictures check out this link:

http://picasaweb.google.com/yoopersmith/Vancouver2008

Japan Travel Log: Day 11…more time travel

It’s Sunday morning in Japan.?? I will get on a train soon and my flight leaves Japan at 3:00 pm Japan time.

I will arrive in LA at 9:45 on Sunday.?? Yes that is before I left Japan.

Time and space may be illusions, but jet lag sure feels real.

Japan has come along way and I am more at home here than I was years ago.?? The high speed internet connection at home is very nice.?? Also, there is really good cable tv options for a good price.

The beer still needs improvement.?? I really like ale, and they are hard to come by in this country.?? I might have to start home-brewing again if I ever move back to Japan.

This trip was a great test-run for our future life on the road.?? I was able to update the blog from virtually anywhere, and I would get better hardward to make it easier and more fun.

Next update will be from LA…and will be kinda??groggy.

??y00p—getting ready to fly again.

Travel Log: Japan Trip Day 5-8 Summary.

Internet connections dried up and I really don’t like txting that much, so here is what happened.

Link to all Pics??on MS Group

Flickr

 

Day 5

That was in the city of Yakayama(SP?) and we stayed in a business hotel that had an internet computer.??

We took at bus for 1.5 hours to the villiage that is listed as a world heritage site.?? We didn’t really have enough time to get take in the whole village.?? What we saw was very cool.?? A whole little villiage with an ancient irrigation system that is still being used and thatched roofed houses that have not changed in sytle since God knows when.??

Also, I think I drank two beers during the day before we got back on the bus.?? After the village it got a little un-fun.

The bus trip back to Yakayama took 1.5 hours.?? Then we got on another bus (for another 1.5 hours) to get to our next hotel.???? Note to Yayoi for next time:?? 4.5 hours on a bus in any one day is too much.

The hotel was very nice.?? It was out in the woods and in the mountains.?? I was able to again be naked outside at the open air public bath.?? I had more beer at the hotel.?? Made up a litte for the long bus ride day.

Day 6

On top of the Mountain???VERY COLD!

We took a very short 15 minute bus ride to a tramway that takes you up into the mountains.

The weather was rainy when we woke up, but Yayoi has Sunshine power that kicked in just when we needed it.

There were three stops on this Tramway system…bottom, middle and top.

Bottom is the bottom…not much to see.

Middle is nice…better moutain view, good bakery bread and a hot spring foot soaking bath that’s free! (see pics).

Top is the top…its really cold and has a great view…we both got a little alltitude sick and missed the first tram back down to the middle.

After the tramway, we took the bus back to Yakayama and then got on a train (I think) to our next Hotel.?? That hotel…was neat.?? I have to get details from Yayoi later, my brain is fired and I don’t remember much.??

What I do remember:

1.?? I had beer (at least three or maybe more)

2.?? The food was good.

3.?? I was naked outside again.?? Great public bath.

Day 7

Breakfast with Mom and Dad

We took a local bus to the train station and then a train to Kanazawa to meet Mom and Dad Seko.

We had lunch in a fancy hotel (because Yayoi had some coupons).?? After lunch we RAN through a Japanese park for about 45 minutes before catching the bus back to the station to catch our train to the next hotel.

This Hotel was right on the water…very nice.?? Highlights are the same as above, it was nice to visit with Mom and Dad.

Day??8 (Friday)

Bus Trip Stop

Today we spent all day on a tour bus from the hotel back to Kanazawa.?? That was on purpose, to have fun sightseeing.?? If we went direct it would have take a lot less time.?? Anyway, it was??a very nice sightseeing bus ride.

See pictures of the bus ride stops:

Mountain coast

Beach

Temple

Other things that went by kinda quick.

We got back to Kanazawa station early and changed our train back to Kyoto to 1600…which was cool.

We had a little a race with the clock in Kyoto.?? We only had four minutes to change trains to catch the first express from Kyoto to Aburahi (HOME).?? Mom and Yayoi made it now problem.?? They were in car 4 and closer to the stairs where you change platforms.

Dad and I were in car 10 and I had our rolling suitcase to lug so we made it just in the nick of time.

We got back about 1930.?? Yayoi and mom are out shopping and dad and I went and got some take out dinner and had a couple of beers.

Now, I am going to take a shower and pass out.?? Yeah, I now its only 2107…but I am pooped.

y00p….pooped.

Travel Log: Japan Trip Day 5 update

Yesterday we took two trains to get to the city of Hida-Takayama.?? The ride was very scenic through the mountains and next to a river (of course I dont remember the name of the river!).Jeff in Old Village

After arriving in Hida-Takayama…we had lunch and shopped and walked around the tourist area of the city.?? There are pics…but I cant upload from until we get back home.

Today, we are taking a bus to visit a village that is listed on the some World Heritage list…it is supposed to be on the list of places you see before you die…so that makes it sound interesting.

After the villiage, we will return to the Takayama train station and catch another bus to go to another hotel…which is supposed to be in the woods and have a nice natural spring hot bath.

This hotel was pretty nice…like a business hotel.?? It was only a five minute walk from the train station, so that was nice.??

Dinner and breakfast were included in the room price along with access to two public hot baths.???? The bath that we both used (no…they are not co-ed!) has a open air bath on the roof of the hotel…so its private and you can be naked outside on the 9th floor of a building.?? That was fun for me…Yayoi didn’t go to the roof…I guess she’s not into that kind of thang.

I am having a good time so far…not to exhausting pace and lots of beer and good food.