Hot Spring Trip 2 Jon先生の湯けむり旅行記その2
If you are reading this then you came back
to hear about my hiking adventure!
I'll start from when my girlfriend and I first arrived at the ryokan.
When we arrived the staff gave us a map.
It showed a couple of waterfalls around the village
so we decided to take a hike to the closest one.
We followed the signs and eventually reached a trail.
On the trail we noticed bells that hikers could hit to scare away bears,
so I would hit the bells as we passed them.
They were very loud!
After about 20 minutes the trail we were on narrowed and became covered in more snow.
Despite my girlfriend's hesitation about bears, clear lack of people and the disappearing path,
I insisted we continue on to find the waterfall.
The farther down the river we traveled the worse the path became.
However, I would not be denied after coming so far.
Finally we reached the waterfall and it was stunning.
The way the individual streams of water cascaded over the rocks going down looked like numerous thin threads.
After getting our pictures we hiked back.
It was much easier and we made it through the trail in half the time.
At dinner that night we told the staff about our adventure and his response was shock and relief.
He said he would never recommend that waterfall.
People don't go there out of fear of being mauled by bears,
even in the winter and was glad we returned unharmed!
We had a good laugh about it and, although it might be scary to imagine what could have happened,
I find it better to think about how lucky we were to see the waterfall and have an entire forest to ourselves.
Have any questions for me or have a good hiking story to share? Come to Kitanarashino AEON and talk with me about it! I look forward to hearing from you.
Until next time.