Mt. Fuji – Part 3

The Descent

“What goes up must come down.”

Sir Isaac Newton

This is so true when it comes to climbing a mountain!  While it was rewarding to reach the top of Mt. Fuji, we still had to get back down to the bottom of the mountain.  Getting down was a completely different experience from the climb up.

Let’s start out with some pleasant photos of the descent.  I have never seen (nor have I been so close) clouds like this!

It kind of makes you feel like you’re standing in heaven…  🙂

That heavenly feeling ended quickly…

Looks easy, doesn’t it?  Sure, it looks like an endless trek…but who can’t handle a long walk to the bottom?

Oh…unless the decline looks like this!

You don’t need to tilt your head and I didn’t tilt the camera to a strange angle!  This was what everyone ran/walked/shuffled/slid down for anywhere from 2-4 hours.  Can you say FUN?

This feels wonderful on your joints, shins, and knees.  I also enjoyed the dirt and rocks falling into the front of my (old) running shoes.  When we took our shoes off at the bottom, our feet and toes were black from the mountain ash.

So beautiful… 😉

At least the temps got warmer as we made our way down…

I wonder if this gentleman is thinking…”Why, why, why did I decide to do this?  When is it going to end?”  Cheer up – you’re almost near the end!

It’s funny, at this point in the descent I think we had less than 1 mile remaining and the terrain started to flatten out.  Why give up now!?

Finally…back to where we started!!

We waited for our group to arrive back – and then we had to sit around (or sleep) for a few hours and wait for our bus to come.

Once the bus arrived, we had another 2.5 hour ride back to Shinjuku and then a short train ride home.  We made it home just in time to watch the replay of the Olympic women’s marathon coverage.  What a perfect end to a marathon climb!  Climbing Mt. Fuji was a long adventure, but we are SO glad we did it!

There is a common Japanese saying about Mt. Fuji that translates to — “He who climbs Fuji once is a wise man.  He who climbs Fuji twice is a fool.”

I couldn’t agree more.  I prefer to stay a “wise man”.

🙂

Don’t forget to check out Part 1 and Part 2 of our adventure!

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