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Northern Japan

What a day. In an effort to totally avoid paying for hotels we have worked out an elaborate system of only taking night trains, where we can sleep as we travel.

Today that landed us in Aomori, a small city in Northern Japan. After spending two hours researching things to do there, I had found only one possibility: eat apples. The city is known for having good apples, and nothing else whatsoever.

With 14 hours before our next train to Sapporo, we had to find something else to do. To fuel our brainstorming we found a little trendy Italian restaurant called Piccolo. Even one-street towns in Japan have restaurants with beautiful interior design. It's important here. We lucked out - they use high quality ingredients, make their own sauces, and use extra virgin olive oil.

Sequoia in the Fog

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Sequoia in the Fog, by Suprada on Flickr

At Sequoia National Park, in April, I was delighted to find snow. We timed it just right that it has stopped snowing, but the clouds and fog had not yet moved away.

Hiking on the General Sherman Tree trail, I was surprised to see the good number of visitors. Though the trail path was icy and slippery, people of all ages including some seniors were walking around oohing and aahing at the sight of the giant sequoias. The snow, the fog, the sun, the red giant trees, the atmosphere was just right!

At the General Sherman tree, I had to stand and stare in awe, along. And then out comes the camera...click..click...Then a reedy feminine voice behind me says \"Are you done yet? I can\'t wait here all day for you to move. I need to take photos also....\".

Ummm....there are only a handful of people, and its a huge tree, really...its the worlds largest tree in terms of density. Oh well, lets say I was speechless on so many different levels.

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