Monday, April 30, 2012

New swimming holes

                                           
About 10 minutes up the woods road from us there is a nice area where
 the river becomes a steep narrow gorge

I've always wanted to explore this area, but in summer it's usually jungle-like.
The algal growth hasn't yet started in earnest
 so footing is good, bugs are low and the forest is nice and dry

The nicest of the bunch, can't wait to don the mask, snorkel and wetsuit



                                    
The smallest and highest one at the top of the gorge.
 I'm sure they all have some nice trout residing.




 

A nice find from an 8 pointer.  You can often find antlers as well as bones
 in the steeper feeder-creeks thanks to typhoons and gravity. 

The village asked me to remove these trees that have fallen
just above a small bridge.
Looks like a heck of a lot of work though I can always use the wood.
 During the last big typhoon their roots were undercut along the bank.
  They fell over well after the typhoon passed.
 Now they're a major hazard if we have flooding again,
 they'll wash down and against bridges causing a jam and possible collapse.





Frog chorus

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Super Carry Cub

Going up the 林道 rindou, woods road to retrieve the cache

from the summit, the Rokko mountains of Kobe in the distance


Islands in the Seto Inland Sea and Shikoku in the far distance


Stunning views of Mt. Hyounosen today! 氷ノ山 the tallest peak in Hyogo
the pictures do todays scenary no justice
The summit of 氷ノ山 still snow covered and looking very ski-able


After 3 1/2  months on the summit everything was bone-dry and in perfect condition.
The cache secured to the trusty SuperCub
this setup would make a great combo for camp-touring/journeying
cruising the beautiful "roads to nowhere" at 40Km/hr is  a joy
the home range


the cache box installed as a carry box, I'm not a fan of wearing a large heavy pack while riding


wide load


about 100L of storage space

it takes a little getting used to and it slows
me a down a bit which is a good thing because
eventually I'm going to get nabbed for speeding
on this little thing 



I tried it out with 10kg of gear , seems solid




Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Before and After

Now that I'm officially field-less, sob sob, we absolutely must do something with that garden.
The motley assortment of raised beds made from all sorts of materials was not the best use of space.
Thanks to some advice from  Adams Guild Farm and Orchards



Before

After
なんということだ!
There's still some room in there for a few more smaller beds.  There are fruit and nut trees on the wall, apple, persimmon, chestnut and a lemon that doesn't seem to like it here at all.
Aerial 
What seems painfully obvious now never dawned on me while experimenting with various shapes and materials for beds, that is: keep it simple.

I just hope that the cedar planks hold up in our sometimes 2500mm + yearly rainfall locale.

I'll be sure to post another set of  before and after pics in August to see what a jungle it has become or not.