Sunday, August 13, 2006

Hachimenzan and Obon

We went up the local mountain today for a paddle in the creek. Never content to leave any bit of nature alone, they have lined the creek with concrete steps and artfully arranged stones to create a series of pools and waterfalls in the style of the famous Japanese garden, which so cleverly mimics the grandeur of nature on a miniature scale. Why they couldn't leave nature to nature, we will never know. I suppose it can't be trusted, to either be safe enough, or ironically, beautiful enough.

Anyway, the end result is a convenient and easy walk up or downstream, splashing through the pools and climbing the small waterfalls. It was a cool way to spend a hot summer day.

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