Jeff got some practice driving on the wrong side of the road. The countryside was really interesting. Any place that was flat was densely housed. Everything else was really steep densely forested hills. The steep hills caused the roads to be really interesting. Because the hills were so steep the road often went from a tunnel through the hill directly onto bridge and then back in to a tunnel. It was a really scenic drive.
Once we got to the hike we were surprised to see that the trail was paved. We were pleasantly surprised that the trail was not overly crowded. We saw maybe only a dozen people through out our 13 mile hike.
The hike ran parallel to a stream that cut through a steep and narrow valley. When we came to the first waterfall, I pulled out my camera and was getting it set up for a picture and the more I fiddled with my settings, the worse the picture looked! I soon realized that the camera had steamed up due to the heat and humidity after being in the air conditioned car. Here is what it looked like.
|Steamed up camera|
|Water fall feeding the stream.|
|The stream running through the steep forested canyon|
|The trail above the crystal clear water|
|The trail winding up a little hill|
|Some big rocks in the water|
|A bridge across the river - we crossed two of these|
|We stopped here for a quick break|
|This was the big waterfall and our turn around point|
|Sprinkling rain made pretty light|
|A big toad that came out with the rain|
There was a nice public restroom where we parked so Jeff and I took a couple minutes to wring out our clothes before hopping the the car and going back to Hiroshima. It will be a good thing when we get our rain jackets next week. :-) It was a fun a beautiful hike even if it was a little soggy.