Victimized............toil and trouble!!!!!!!!!

Hey I am still here and alive. I have been victimized!!!!!! I have spent the past four days trying to recover my PC. Lets just say I was websurfing in the wrong part of internet town (for reasons I will not tell u!!) and picked up a virus I couldn't get rid of. I was trying hard to fight it I tell ya! But dammit the freaking bug kicked my azzzzzz. So I had to recover, and I do mean recover everything, my pc has just had a major over haul to get rid of the sucker!!!!!

So far so good though (still looking behind me....) I think I am in the clear. So with that said two things I must tell you, keep your virus programs active and running and also MAKE A BACK-UP!!!! Not many people actually have back-ups but they come in handy for these kind of situations take my word for it. Thank GOD I have a backup of all my precious files and especially music. A lot of you know how much of an audiophile I am!!!!

I am brave enough to enter Internet town again and stay on my side of the tracks (for now)......... I have one last part of MT. Fuji that will be posting very soon. Yes I said it correctly the last section of the trip. And of course there is so much more to talk about that has been going on in the land of the rising sun too......

stay tuned........



Getting Famous........

Hey, I emailed this newsletter out to several people but not sure if everyone has got to really see it. It turns out the file had some japanese characters and some PC's can't handle it really well so I am posting this snippet about myself on this blog.

You can click the picture above to get a better look.

This newsletter is published in the country of Japan namely all Hitachi branches around this side of the world. I didn't realize how much attention was given about it until recently. Hopefully I am able to get the front of my face next time around, hell hopefully a close up!!!!!

hhhmmmm I will have to work on that!!

Mt. Fuji -- Part Four The Lodge

The climb from the 5th to the 6th station is over an enormous ash field, which formed during a recent eruption in 1707. Mountain huts at the 6th, 7th and 8th stations operate during official climbing season and also provide warm food (curry rice, ramen, soba, drinks etc).

Still trucking along here, looking back the scenerey was breathtaking. We were very lucky to take the trip on the weekend that we did. The weather was great and low and behold the major typhoon that was going to hit Japan happened only two weeks later from this trip.

Some of the shots came out very well, you can tell our height on the mountain by the clouds in the background of this picture.

The lack of air pressure the higher we got was noticeable on this bag of chips. Unfortuneately the bag blew up before we made it atleast to the lodge (Stage 8).

Our 3000meter marker. Hooray, progress is actually being made!!!!

If you notice I am fully geared up now. The higher in elevation the colder it got. Just to think it was sooo hot and humid at base camp but making it out to Stage seven things were getting quite chilly.

We took a break around stage Seven before continuing. these lodges were interesting to see. Very basic and they stick to the term of a lodge in its true definition, or more so like cabins. They have light and water which was great.....

Mountain huts are dotted along all stations on the Kawaguchiko trail, as well as the summit itself, selling basic climbing gear (sticks, flashlights, raincoats), drinks and candy (¥250 for a Snickers bar). You can pay to have an official seal burned into it marking your arrival at every station, making a handsome souvenir, which of course is what I did every chance I could get.

We are getting somewhere when the clouds start showing up below you.

The terrain was starting to get steep and rocky. It was little tricky sometimes because of so much loose gravel and rocks.

Nishimoto-San was looking to see how much further up we needed to go, it was getting dark now. We started feeling a bit homeless and getting a bit tired.

Night got to us by the time we made it to the lodge level, but thank goodness, we have finally made it. If our feet didnt pulsate so much from the hike we would jump for joy!!!!

Our first meal at the lodge, not the tastiest dish in town, but dammit when you're hungry and tired it tasted like five star quality food!!!