On the last weekend in September, Josh and I set out to hike the Mt. Hinodeyama Hiking Trail.
After a surprisingly short drive, and no toll roads (Woo! The toll roads here can add up), we made it to the town of Hinode. The trial head was a short walk up a steep paved road from here. There are several small waterfalls in the creek along side of the road, and the water is crystal clear! It is probably the most clear water I have ever seen.
The trail was misty, muddy and lined with tall trees with brick red strips of bark. The day was foggy and moody.
We remembered our camera this time, so here are some photos to give you a feel for this deeply beautiful and mysterious feeling trail…
As we walked, GIANT crickets and GIANT Daddy Long-leg spiders creepy-crawled along the muddy path. The crickets would jump back and forth along the path ahead of us, sometimes ping-ponging between my feet! This was not a pleasant sensation, as crickets are my #3 most freak-out inducing insect/animal (#1 Manatee. I kid you not. They give me the creeps!! #2 Cockroaches). I actually thought the crickets were baby frogs at first because of how plump they were and the way they hopped! And the Daddy Long-legs were about the size of a softball (diameter including the legs) and had bright yellow bands around their legs.
We ended up turning around slightly before the summit to make good time (it was getting late) but we had such a great time getting out and moving! We finished up the night with the first Harry Potter Movie… come to think of it I think the deep, moody trail inspired this Harry Potter kick I’m on!
Can you spot my guy?
What a breath of fresh air! Next time we will have to check out the hot springs at the bottom… 😉
If you could hike anywhere in the world, where would you go?