Monday, March 27, 2017

Monday Bunny Blogging

Rabbit - Point Reyes  2017

Rabbit - Point Reyes  2017

I saw this creature last January during my hike in Point Reyes to Abbotts Lagoon.

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Point Reyes - January

Dirt Road, Sunrise - Marin County  2017

Tomales Bay, Mist - Marin County  2017

Top photo taken as I was driving to Point Reyes Station to pick up some coffee and a morning bun.

Then, a quick stop for photos overlooking Tomales Bay.

Bottom photo was taken through the windshield as I approached the Abbotts Lagoon trailhead.

Road, Fenceposts - Point Reyes  2017

Saturday, March 25, 2017

Japan Culinary Adventures (32): Meals at Yoshimatsu

Citrus Gel with Berries (Hakone) - Japan  2016

Kumiko Setting Out Breakfast Dishes (Hakone) - Japan  2016

Breakfast photos shown above. One of our dinner dishes below. As expected, I filled up pretty quickly. Hali and I tried out some chairs designed to be used with the low table, but for me dining in that position was still uncomfortably awkward.

It seems that it's more painful for me to sit cross-legged now than it was in 1966. Don't know why.

Soup, Mushrooms (Hakone) - Japan  2016

Friday, March 24, 2017

Yoshimatsu Ryokan (Video)

Yoshimatsu Ryokan, October, 2016 from Mike Mundy on Vimeo.

Think I used a Canon G5X and an iPhone.

There's a view of our private hot tub towards the end.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Ryokan Features

View from Room (Hakone) - Japan  2016

Scroll, Flower Arrangement (Hakone) - Japan  2016

The rainy weather provided some nice cloud cover, making for nice even lighting.

Not only did our room lend itself to exquisitely artistic compositions, but there was also an outside onsen (hot tub)! Whoa, nice! (We called it an onsen, but probably it didn't meet the strict technical definition of one.)

Outdoor Patio, Onsen (Hakone) - Japan  2016

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Japan Culinary Adventure (31): Chestnuts

Hali Buying Chestnuts (Hakone) - Japan  2016

Chestnut Vendor - Japan  2016

Just as hobbits love mushrooms, Hali loves chestnuts, so that she was in luck during our Fall trip to Japan: chestnut season!

Top photo: Hali buying chestnuts from a street vendor (doing his own roasting) in Hakone.

Bottom photo: chestnut vendor in the Odawara train station. Don't think that that's a religious symbol at the upper right.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Mount Fuji

Lake Ashinoko (Hakone) - Japan  2016

Painters (Hakone) - Japan  2016

Walking around Hakone (pronounced hah koh nay): alas, Mount Fuji remained hidden when we visited the Mount Fuji viewpoint (see top photo).

But that didn't stop the artists painting the scene from putting Mount Fuji right in where it belongs (see bottom photo).

I was able to get a photo during our 2014 trip, though.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Monday Dachsund Blogging

Dachsund (Hakone) - Japan  2016

Dachsund Being Photographed (Hakone) - Japan  2016

Little dog seen at a Lake Ashinoko overlook. Dogs like attention!

Sunday, March 19, 2017

Hakone Ryokan

Yoshimatsu Pond (Hakone) - Japan  2016

Stone Lantern (Hakone) - Japan  2016

Yoshimatsu. We arrived here by taxi in the rain, which meant everything was especially vibrant and pleasing.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Maui Sightems

Kihei Sunset (Maui) - Hawaii  2016

Man Sitting, Chickens (Maui) - Hawaii  2016

Both photos were taken with a Canon G5X, the top one from the back seat of our rental minivan. 1/800th second, ISO 4000.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Maui Upscale

Mai Tai, Four Seasons (Maui) - Hawaii  2016

Salesperson, Lionesse (Maui) - Hawaii  2016

Mike's mai tai at the Four Seasons on top. Lionesse salesperson seen at "The Shops at Wailea" at the bottom.

The mai tai was OK, but Mike preferred his Kona Ale at the Mauna Lani.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Sugar Mill

Sugar Mill, Bicyclist (Maui) - Hawaii  2016

Sugar Mill, Red Trucks (Maui) - Hawaii 2016

Now closed, alas.

Photos taken with a Canon G5X from the minivan's back seat, Masa driving.

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Maui Beach

Canoe (Maui) - Hawaii  2016

Yoga Class (Maui) - Hawaii 2016

We tried to get there in the morning: less crowds and less direct sun.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Haleakala Sightems

Silversword (Maui) - Hawaii  2016

Picnic Tables (Maui) - Hawaii  2016

We were driving our rented minivan, which did better than the Versa on Mauna Kea. It was a long drive!

Leleiwei Outlook (Maui) - Hawaii  2016