I don't quite remember the roads we took, I think it was 16 to 134 to 1. 134 and 1 ran along the shore, so we had beautiful views while we sat in traffic for HOURS!!!!! Moving 20 feet and then stopping for five minutes, moving 20 feet then stopping for five minutes! Oh my gosh!!!! It took FOREVER!!!!
So, we throw together four sandwiches, pull out drinks and pretzels and desperately search our map for another bathroom. Deciding that there were no others in this park, we decide to just head back down the mountain to the city of Hakone. As we got to the park entrance, Kris said, "You probably need to say 'toilet' not 'restroom'. I gave it a try, and, SUCCESS!!!! Woo hoo. Kris thought this is probably one of those places we heard about in our AOB class where there was just a hole in the ground. So, I ventured in first, and, he was right. Oh well...now, how do I convince Mackenzie to do this....I'm lucky the child is smarter than me...she found that the last stall had a full toilet in it. Yay!
|Waiting for our turn|
|A view of Lake Ashinoko|
|The Boy looking down on the trees|
|Fujisan hiding behind a bit of smog|
|Looking back towards where we started|
|Checking out the view|
|Fujisan is the highest mountain in Japan, at just over 12,000 feet.|
|On our way up to see the vents|
|It was hard to see Fujisan in my camera with the steam and fog, so I didn't realize they were standing in front of it.|
|Again...couldn't tell we were in front of Fujisan|
|Boiling hot spring.|
|The egg and it's packaging|
|Garytt peeling his egg|
|Miss Picky eating her egg|
|My fabulous husband thought to take a panoramic shot. I'm so glad I keep that guy around!|
|Lake Ashinoko tour boat, with canons and everything!|
It was great to see the mountain and ride the ropeway. The kids had a blast, and actually did pretty good in the car for 8 hours. And, it was nice that we just finished a lesson on the earth's layers and volcanoes, so it gave a nice finish to the things we talked about all week.
Best line of the day: Kris: It sure is a good thing I had two eggs on that mountain, because I'm sure all this traffic has taken years off of my life!