Monday, August 10, 2009
This trip was an amazing experience. I started in Tokyo. I was sightseeing with some Japanese friends when disaster struck their family. My hosts mother died. Two days later her aunt died as well. It was a difficult time. After that I was on my own in Tokyo. I had planned to climb Fuji-san on Tuesday. The weather forecast was horrible. It was supposed to rain all day and have heavy downpours at night. I was planning on an overnight tour to see the sunrise. I decided to stick with my plan even though the weather looked bad.
When we arrived it was clear and beautiful. Not long after fog rolled in. It wasn't actually fog though we were at 6,000 ft above sea level so it was clouds. Then the rain started. It was light and I figured as long as it stayed light we would be ok. It took about 4 hours to read our first stop at station 7 overnight hut. We had dinner and tried to sleep in a crouded bunk style house. There was no sleep to be had.
At about 11:30 our group was awakened and started our climb up the mountain. The weather was clear and I could see so many stars. IT was amazing. I didn't have time to enjoy the stars much though it was time to get to the top before sunrise. 4.5 hours later we reached the summit. The sunrise from the top of Fuji-san is incredible. I have lived in Japan for two years but this is the first sunrise I have seen in the land of the rising sun. It will not be matched. We stayed on the summit for about an hour and had soup and tea before the long descent.
Our descent took just over 3.5 hours. IT was definitely the hardest part of the trip but I accomplished something I never thought I would be able to do. I certainly could not have done it a year ago.
Climbing Mt. Fuji tells me that I can reach my goals no matter how difficult they seem at the time. One foot in front of the other and just keep going. Thank you to all who supported me. It was amazing!!