We decided to take Lucy to Fukushima Airport this morning. It was about an hour and a half drive to get there. Yesterday we went to the bus station to find out the times of the buses but it appeared that the bus will arrive at the airport at 920am and the flight to Sapporo was at 10.15am. Dave thought it was cutting it too close. Well, when we arrived at the airport we were even later than the bus! But, Lucy made it on the flight.
After dropping Lucy off, we stopped at Ura Bandai on the way home. This is where all the ski resorts are. We went to the Kokumin Cross Country center and discovered that they had groomed the trails!
Last October, when we went to inquire, from the translations of the Japanese writing we thought it said that they were closing the trails but what I think they meant was that the “trails are closed in the summer” because, there were groomed trails today and the hotel close by was renting skis out for $26 for the day! However, it was free to use the trails, so that was great! All October and November, we hunted for cross country centers because we thought this one was closed – wasted energy!
It was snowing quite steadily but not as cold as the last time I went skiing over there. My skis were sticking a little so this Japanese man took his block of white wax and waxed my grips and after that it went quite well, too well, in fact, cos I was falling every few steps! until I got the hang of it. It was too slippery and kept going faster than my body! But it was just stunning like a winter wonderland. Here you don’t get too much pine trees so the snow were on bare branches – it was gorgeous and every now and then there were red berries on bushes in the stark whiteness to break the monotony.