Monday, August 31, 2015

What Is One To Do?

August is usually hot for the first three weeks (close to 100º F) and cools off to around 80º F the last week.  But this year was different.   It was in the 80s from around the tenth and there was lots of rain and an overabundance of wind due to a couple of strange typhoons that straddled Japan to the East and the West.  Sigh.

Last month I took delivery of a new toy - an HP Velotechnik (based in Germany) recumbent tricycle which I ride almost daily now - rain or wind be danged.

No doubt I will be ordering another one for you-know-who (and I don't mean Momo).

Momo prefers to sit it out on the bench and watch as Pandabonium and K entertain.

The weather is expected to be beautiful and sunny for September sailing on weekends so I've got my hopes up.  It has been a strange summer weather-wise.

Until next,  sweet sailing!

HP Velotechnik:
Utah Trikes (a distributor in the USA):

Thursday, August 6, 2015

Cool Reunion

Back on the water with clouds shading us and light breezes propelling and cooling us.  Finally, a long rainy season had come to a close.   We launched on Saturday, July 25th.  Happily, I remembered to bring the tiller this time.

A boat towing a waterskier and a few jet skis shared the lake, otherwise it was very quiet.   On the far shore a some fishing boats had been tied together and a floor and roof attached over them to form two party platforms.   Adorned with lanterns and flying the Hinomaru flag, the beached craft were ready for an evening of sake, food, and song.   They can be seen toward the end of this 5 minute raw video. Go for the full screen...

Lunch at Ikoinomura Hinuma Resort followed.   We do miss our friends and food at Mama's, but 仕方がない (shoganai)  - it can't be helped.   The resort's restaurant has been renovated with new wood floors and ceilings, and they added some partitions.  The partitions are nice, but it makes it hard for the staff to see the patrons.   As a result, the service is slower than it used to be. 

Until next, sweet sailing.