|The Wisteria should be blooming on the wood frames in the background. I'm pretty sure that tree on the edge of the pond is a weeping cherry tree.|
And a lot of pretty, green Japanese Maples.
Of course, there was an abundance of bamboo. We aren't quite sure why the bamboo was knocked down in so many places. Maybe typhoon damage, maybe mudslide aftermaths, or, as Garytt now thinks, Godzilla left a major swath of destruction from Kurihama up Ogusuyama!
After the nice gradual incline and the cool bridges, we then came upon what would be Garytt's bane of the day....
The first set of steps...
They were quite steep in some areas. And, some of the steps took a really big stretch for the little legs in our group to make it. Sometimes we stepped to the side and took the smooth incline. Sometimes there was just imprints left in the mud for us to step into.
Mackenzie was our star hiker for the day. After her first two falls she finally found her footing and was at the lead for the whole trip up the mountain. She didn't complain about anything hurting or how long it was taking us. She just kept on climbing like a pro! Proud of that girl!
The mountain evened out for a bit as we walked by a pretty amazing golf course. One of the golfers asked us (I think) if we were climbing to the top of Ogusuyama. She cheered us on! Well, she was probably cheering on the little legs that were dominating that hike.
Shew! It's now around 1230 and, we made it!! All 3.6 -ish miles of it! Up to an astounding altitude of 794 feet! Ha ha. It gave us a nice view of the Miura Penninsula and the surrounding area.
Ogusuyama is the highest peak on the peninsula. We sat down on a bench and had lunch. Plain PB sammies for G and Kenz. Turkey and cheese for me and the Hubs. I didn't get a shot of the observation tower, but as soon as we were done eating we climbed more stairs.
Back center is our home...Yokosuka Naval Base.
After a little rest and some snacks we packed it back in and headed back down the mountain. Of course, it didn't take nearly as long to get down the mountain.
Here is a map of our route to and then up Ogusuyama.