Well, that was an adventure. Went to Japan to meet the new in-laws and, of, course, had to ski while there! Drove from Nagoya up to some of the Nagano ski areas (Hakuba Gotyu and Hakuba 47) on Tuesday and skied until Thursday morning (photos attached). Very pretty and fun areas. Hakuba Goryu is more open and Haskuba 47 reminds me of a New England or New York ski area: fairly narrow trails cut through trees. Both have simple base areas with numerous family-owned guesthouses surrounding them. Fresh snow on Wednesday afternoon and about 8 inches of modeately dense snow to play in.
On Thursday, we drove south back to Nagoya and arrived about 4 PM. People on the srteets were saying "Earthquake! Earthquake!" We hurried up to my new in-laws apartment on the ninth floor in central Nagoya and put on the TV. As we did, the whole place rocked. This lasted for about 10 minutes. As it continued, we were watching the tsunamis come in starting on the shores just north of us. The ski areas were hit also. Talk about good timing on an exit! Tokyo airport was closed, but we were able to get on our flight home from the airport in central Japan. Pure luck we were booked out of there instread of Narita in Tokyo. We might still be there! Twenty-four hours later, back in Colorado.
You know, I'm beginning to get worried. First I was in Times Square on 9/11, then skiing at A-Basin the day of the fatal in-bounds avalanche, now in Japan during the biggest earthquake in its history. Either folks should be stick around me because I'm lucky, or folks should keep me away from wherever they live!
Well, we'll see what happerns during the Gathering in a few weeks!