‘Tis the day after Fuji

IMG_1206‘Tis the day after Fuji,
The climb is all through.
We’re back home in Tokyo,
and I’ll just say, “whew”!

Our trip on the bus,
it went as expected.
A great way to travel,
no problems detected.

Got off at station 5,
the place where we’d start.
Nice man gave a briefing,
Said go slow, you’ll be smart.

The walk started easy,
nice and flat, smooth and such.
We thought, “this is simple,”
But soon, not so much.

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The trail started climbing,
as mountain trails do.
It was steep, rocky, difficult,
and went on and on, too.

A few hours later,
we reached our abode.
A simple mountain hut,
just a bed, food and commode.

Our sleep, there was little,
we were up around 3:00.
Joined hundreds of others,
climbing with lights, just to see.

The sunrise it was awesome,
a truly spiritual sight.
A time we’ll always remember,
for many a night.

But what goes up must come down,
and for us, that was true.
Coming down off that mountain,
Would be daunting — who knew?

The slope is so steep,
the trail snakes down the hill.
Volcanic rock, it is slippery,
Every step takes great will.

A few hours went by,
with slips, slides, and some spills.
But to the end we did make it,
This test of our wills.

Looking back on it now,
some muscles are aching.
Would I say that this trip
was an adventure worth taking?

I’d have to say yes,
absolutely, you bet.
Mt. Fuji is amazing,
a great challenge we have met.
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jhawknga

My husband and I were both born and raised in Kansas, but for the past 20+ years we have been living in Atlanta, Georgia. Now, with our children grown and out of the house, we have the opportunity to spend two years living in Tokyo. My husband will be working with the Japanese counterpart to his American company.

2 thoughts on “‘Tis the day after Fuji”

  1. EXCELLENT! Can’t help but think here you are climbing Mt. Fuji while your classmates are celebrating a 40th reunion. And your twin….was chatting with many of them via electronic device from a scientific base in THE SOUTH POLE! I’d say the Everhart kids were not only impressive, accomplished kids, they CONTINUE to show us all how to continue contributing to this big, diverse world in very big ways…..as many of us are retiring, feeling old and succumbing to aging. You are an inspiration!

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  2. Thank you for your kind words! I guess the way we feel is that if we stop moving and stop doing things, it is just that much harder to get started again. My philosophy is that life is not about collecting things… it should be about collecting experiences.

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