|Obligatory red, arched bridge|
|Really pretty little water fall|
|Proof I hauled my pregnant self on a hike ;-)|
When we got to the top of the mountain, we stopped for a little snack. Jeff and I had thermoses of hot chocolate and dark chocolate kit-kats to share (sharing snacks is very much a part of the hiking club tradition). As we were eating our snacks, it started to rain rather hard and those of us (about half) with umbrellas huddled under them (and those that mocked us, ahem, Jeff, got wet). The rain turned to snow and the general falling of wet stuff lasted about 20 minutes. It cleared up pretty quickly and we started the hike down. I was glad for all of my layers and stayed dry and warm.
|Bit of a nice view on the way up|
|Looking back at the town where we started. Across the water is Miyajima (the red gate in the water that I've been to a couple of times)|
|Looking out at the islands across the way|
|Looking back at mount Jou (pronounced Joe)|
The Oyster Festival was a large number of food venders with tents set up (sorry, I should have taken pictures but didn't) and selling all varieties of food. There was grilled, fried and raw oysters, ramen with oysters, cotton candy, hot dogs wrapped in fried squid, all manner of meat on a stick and french fries, to list a few.
Hiroshima is rather famous in Japan for having fantastic oysters. I've had oysters in Hiroshima several times. My favorite way is grilled in the shell. They are still not my favorite thing and I must say that the french fries looked far more appealing so Jeff and I split some fries and fried chicken and skipped the oysters. It seems like a bit of a waste but it was really good.
Jeff and I went home full and happy for the fresh air and sunshine, took hot showers to warm up and enjoyed the rest of the afternoon on the couch watching netflix. It was a great way to spend a Sunday.