Monday, March 24, 2008

taki & zo

If you asked me what I thought I'd be doing this past weekend, trudging through several feet of melting snow to see a waterfall up the side of chokai and visiting the animals at the local zoo may not have been at the top of my list, but that's what I found myself doing none the less. Here's the waterfall, called hottai-no taki. Looks like it will be a great place to visit in summer, when you don't have to sink to mid-thigh in snow with each step because the last km of road to it was never plowed. It did have a magical quality being so isolated, though. The magic was marked by a large animal crossing our path that looked like a sheep/dog, possibly (a wild sheep?), which I declared to be Doug's spirit animal.

mystery spirit animal running away

The zoo was pretty cute, if small. It had a nice wolf and friendly looking red pandas, but for some reason only my pics of these birds and this horsey-looking camel saved on my camera.

At the zoo, I was convinced I had found the spirit animal from the day before. I had never seen one before, it was called a capybara. Unfortunately, my friend Maiko pointed out that these only live in South America, so it was unlikely that this is what we had seen. She also said she thought her boyfriend looked like a capybara. Maybe it was him who I saw running through the mountains of Akita?

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