Happy Birthday to our daughter! We’re rather out of touch over here. My cousin, Masako actually had to send a FAX to our hotel in order to get a hold of us. I'm missing my Internet connection!
The morning was calm today so we are able to take the boat ride to see the coast line of the Utoro area.
Sunrise over Utoro was serene and beautiful.
We enjoyed watching this seagull walking along the beach.
We couldn't take very many photos on the hour long boat ride because the waves were choppy and we were hanging on at the front of the boat.
Although I was nervous about being pitched overboard, it was exciting to see the shoreline from the boat.
We noticed this plant in the parking lot and learned that it's called the Hamanasu plant. The fruit is used for jam and soft serve.
The flower of the hamanasu (sweet briar)fruit is even more beautiful.
Rausu dake is 1660 meters high.
We were enchanted with this dragon fly.
We could see across the sea to RUSSIA!
This fire station reminded us of our son, Jon.
Art could not resist buying a half dozen persimmons which we've been enjoying.
We waited a good half hour for this geyser to blow.
And when it did... it wasn't quite an Old Faithful but cute anyway.
We're really going to gain weight!