|We made about 40 tight little turns to get to the top of|
the garage and at about turn number 35 Kris remembered
there is an elevator, so we could have parked at the
bottom and ridden the elevator up.
At midnight we rang in the new year with our little family all together and hanging out with our amazing friends. Great way to start the year!
...maybe THIS will be the year I can leap tall buildings in a single bound...
many crowds gather on mountaintops or beaches to watch the sun make its first appearance for the year and pray for health and family well-being in the new year.
The very next day, the five of us piled into the car and made our way to Chiba. It was here that we logged our first hike of the year, first temple visit of the year, and we managed to get a visit with the 7 Lucky Gods squeezed in there, too! I thought I took pictures inside the Kannon, but I can't find them. :( There is a stairwell in the center of the giant statue and with every twenty steps or so there is a niche with one of the seven lucky gods inside. We had a special paper to stamp with the gods' image on the way up.