Through October, we'd been trying to get together with our "Viking" crew member Martin for an afternoon on lake Hinuma, but weather (mostly in the form of typhoons) had thrown a monkey wrench into the works each time. We even had two, count 'em two, typhoons just hours apart. Then it seemed that all was well and we scheduled the following Monday. Well, all was well with the weather, but I didn't know that the the first storm had wrecked the launching ramp at Hinuma Yacht Harbor and as the second one was on the way there was no point in trying to repair the damage. As a result, they closed the yacht harbor for a week following the second typhoon to fix everything.
Once again things were arranged for a Monday (the 4th of November). This time, the weather turned sour with high winds forecast and we had to cancel.
So we went to Kashimanada Seaside Park, which is about 20 minutes or so from home in K's car. We've been there before, but it had been a while since we've taken Momo to this park - 2009 in fact! The sky was a little hazy, but otherwise the weather was perfect. We stopped at a 7-11 store (7-i in Japan) across from the park and picked up lunch (I found a nice robust salad, some no-oil dressing, and some tofu with shouyu and ginger).
Lots of pine trees line the boardwalks and cover the hillsides. Some damage occurred during the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami, but mostly was limited to the concrete lining along the beach which has had to be reinforced here and there. Everything else is still pretty much intact thanks to the steep rise of the land.
Momo had a great time as did we. There were lots of surfers out as well as other couples with dogs and/or children. I don't know why we don't go there more often. It is always fun.
Until next, sweet sailing.