Saturday, June 27, 2015

Golden Week Adventures 2015 Day 5 (Part 2) Apple orchards, Iwakisan, Iwatesan, and a Iwate Prefecture Service Area / ゴルデンウィークアドベンチャー 2015年 最終日(パート2)林檎畑、岩木山、岩手山と岩手県サビースエリア

And now our real road trip begins.


One of the many apple orchards you will see when you drive through Aomori Prefecture.
Mount Iwaki in the distance.
Seeing mountains like this makes me miss Mount Rainier back home in the States.
The first service area we stopped at was not much to write about but it is where we had brunch.
My wife and I ordered soba.  A good healthy choice for brunch.
Our friend Reiko's brunch was the jajamen.  We had a bite.  I don't know, it seemed to have a distinct taste.  It wasn't bad but it was kind of strange.
Our friend Yukio has a large appetite at any time of the day.  Just like me in my younger days (which I mean to be about a few years ago).  I just can't eat as much as I used to.
But I do enjoy a morning curry every now and then.
While in Aomori, must drink the Nebuta apple juice.
Sitting in the front passenger seat as it's my wife's turn to drive.  And this was one really long tunnel!
The next large mountain we came across was Mount Iwate.
Whoa, that's one large watermelon!  Interesting what you will discover on road trips.
おう、凄いでっかいスイカ発見! やっぱりロードトリップは良いね。なにが発見するかわらないから。

Service area stop somewhere in Iwate Prefecture.

Watch out for snakes!
As we're nearing Fukushima Prefecture and the Fukushima Nuclear Power Planet (you know, that one that exploded and is giving off radiation), this service area features a radiation level monitor.
This area was also affected by the 3/11 earthquake and tsunami. 
Damaged sign from one of the local schools.
I remember exactly where I was at this time on 3/11/2011.  It was a Friday afternoon.  It was only by coincidence that I had taken the day off from work that day.  I was sitting on the couch watching tv while talking to my mother on the phone when that large quake hit.  Its something I won't soon forget.
Before and after picture of the tsunami.  The above is before the tsunami hit.  Below, that whole area near the water was totally wiped out!
Our next little spontaneous traveling took us to see the Miracle Tree.

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