The first segment of our Big Year is officially over. We are currently sitting at Narita Airport and will soon be boarding a flight to Bangkok, Thailand. Overall, Japan was a huge success. Although weather got in the way during EVERY section of the trip, it was still very enjoyable and we managed to … Continue reading Japan: By the numbers
On January 21st, we arrived in Hokkaido at 9:00 a.m. Our goal for the day was to make the 5 hour drive across the island and arrive at the Akan Crane Center in time for the daily 2:00 p.m. feeding of the cranes. The reserve feeds over 100 endangered Red-crowned Cranes during the winter months. … Continue reading Cranes, Eagles, and Kites, oh my!
On Tuesday (Jan 20) Ross and I visited Jigokudani monkey park, a monkey-spa paradise, where wild Japanese Macaques live and come to bathe in the warm hot springs. The drive to the location the night before was a bit treacherous as it had been snowing heavily and the roads had yet to be plowed. By … Continue reading Monkeys!
Yesterday (Jan 18) we boarded a ferry and headed south to the Izu Island chain located south of Tokyo, Japan. Our game plan for the day was to ride the ferry overnight, disembark on Miyakejima island to look for the Izu thrush (a species endemic to the Izu islands) and then catch an afternoon ferry … Continue reading First taste of Japan