Photo Blog 2018 - Chiyoko & Guy's Photo Site.
Kamikouchi Valley Hike

Japan Trip 2018

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Welcome to our 2018 photo blog of updated & new photo galleries.


  • Deschutes River Trail.

    2018/12/16: Our first walk along the Deschutes River since the Summer fire. Greenery is slowly returning, lots of grasses, horsetails and sagebrush re sprouting. A bit sad to see that the +6 mile rail car was completely burned, absolutely nothing left to see!

  • A Waterfront Loop.

    2018/12/13: Took a borrowed Nikon D7200 for a walk around the Steel Bridge - Tillicum Bridge Loop. All photos are hand held so ISO is high. Just seeing what I could do with it!

  • A cold day at Nesika

    2018/12/09: 2018/12/09: A hike up to Nesika Lodge. The area is still officially closed but Nesika had permission for a members hike allowing entry into the area. A bit cold and Icy, the howling cold wind at Bickle Point was something else! Lovely and toasty inside the Lodge though with both fires going and a pot of hot soup for all! © Chiyoko Meacham

  • Crazy Christmas Lights - Volume I

    2018/12/06: Nighthawk Alarm in Carver.

  • Multnomah to Larch!

    2018/12/02: Continuing are explorations of the newly reopened Western Gorge we hiked up to Larch Mt from Multnomah Falls & back. We hit snow at around 3000', no panoramic views but great to be back on Larch Mt. About 14.5 miles & 4100' of EG. We made it to the top at the same time as a bunch of other folks did!

  • Chihuly Glass, Float Boat.

    2018/11/24: While in Seattle we checked out the Chihuly Glass Exhibit next to the Space Needle. We thought it was well worth the visit.

  • Before the rain in Oxbow!

    2018/11/22: An early Morning Birthday & Thanksgiving walk in Oxbow Park.

  • The Fremont Troll

    2018/11/24: Day 2 of our Short Seattle Trip. We checked out Gasworks Park, Lenin's Statue, & the Fremont Troll. Then we headed over to the Seattle Center for a quick out and back on the monorail followed by a visit to the Chihuly Glass Museum. Before heading back home we made one final stop at the Capitol Hill Katsu Burger!

  • The Devil protected his rest!

    2018/11/25: On the Friday after thanksgiving the USFS finally opened up the Gorge Trails west of Multnomah Falls for the first time since the September fire of 2017. Like lots of other folks we went out for a look around at what was still there and what wasn't!

  • Good Friends at the Moon & Sixpence!

    2018/11/17: An early Birthday celebration for me at the best pub in Portland!

  • November Spring

    2018/11/18: When we arrived at the Top Spur trailhead it was freezing fog and 29 degrees, thoughts of a Sunny day in the Mountain were in doubt. We did not need to worry though as we soon found ourselves above the clouds under balmy clear blue skies. An excellent late Autumn day on the mountain.

  • A Fort Stevens Loop!

    The promise of sunshine on the coast sent us out to Forst Stevens and Oregons most photographed shipwreck the Peter Iredale which ran aground in 1906.

  • Searching for shrooms!

    Fumi, Kazuko, Chiyoko, Pascal & Akitomo had a very wet day searching for chanterelles! © Chiyoko Meacham

  • An Early Morning Stroll.

    More photos of an early morning stroll around Angers can be found here

  • Winter is coming!

    2018/11/05: Celebrating Guy Fawkes day with a steamed marmalade sponge.

  • Early morning Gare du Nord

    2018/10/27: Waiting for a train to Cologne.

  • ON Burdoin again!

    2018/11/03: Back on Burdoin for another hike, this time exploring the southern slopes east of White Salmon. We saw only 4 other people on Mt bikes along the last 2 miles of our 10 mile loop

  • Paris by night

    2018/10/26: My marathon EU nursery tour allowed for about 3 free evening hours in Paris. Setting off from Gare du Nord at about 8:00pm I walked the couple of miles to Notre Dame passing the Centre Georges Pompidou on the way. After crossing the Seine I took the Metro to the Eiffel Tower. Big changes and lots of security since I was last there! About 11:00pm I caught an Uber ride back to the Hotel near Gare du Nord in time for some sleep before our early morning train to Cologne.

  • Old Friends

    2018/10/24: A reunion with Yves who I worked with at Andre Briant Nursery back in 84/85 & Gerard who I worked with at JFS 86-90. A great time was had.

  • Goodnight Arnside!

    2018/10/20: A flying visit and a great weekend with the family before beginning an EU work trip! Arnside Fish & Chips on the Saturday, The Eagles Head Sunday Lunch on Sunday!

  • Crossing the Great Boiling Valley!

    2018/09/26 "The Great Boiling Valley" of Owakundai. Greatly changed and restricted since our last visit due to a 2015 eruption.

  • Scooters For Sale!

    For sale in Mishima!

  • Heaven in Indian Heaven!

    2018/10/14: A wonderful if very windy day at Indian Heaven. Clear blue skies & Autumn Colors and an autumn chill in the air along with a huge display of Fall Fungi in a huge array of shapes and colors.

  • Up we go!

    2018/09/25: The Tozan Mt Railway is the steepest regular rail railway in Japan with grades of 8% in places. To get up the mountain the train goes through 3 switchbacks at each switchback the driver and conductor exit the train and change places from front to back.

  • Tranquility

    2018/09/25: A lady arranging a vase of flowers at the Amazake Chaya tea house on the old Tokaido Rd.

  • Smokey Heaven

    2018/09/25: Amazake Chaya is the only traditional tea house left on the old Tokaido Rd. Complete with indoor fire & no chimney!

  • Dogashima Sea Cave

    2018/09/24: A great day travelling down the Izu peniinsula to Dogashima with Mitsu & Satomi.

  • Just Fishing

    2018/09/24: A family catching Ayu at the Jouren Falls & Wasabi Garden.

  • Wasabi galore!

    2018/09/24: The Jouren Falls & Wasabi Garden

  • Chiyoko Wins!

    2018/09/22: Bowling in Mishima with Chiyoko & Dosei!

  • Rainbow Bridge

    2018/09/23: The Okuoi Rainbow Bridge & OkuōikojōOigawa Station on the Oigawa line.

  • The little engine that could!

    2018/10/23: The Oigawa Mt. Railway, being pushed up a 9% grade by a Cog engine along the Oigawa River.

  • Hello October

    2018/10/07: October on Cooper Spur

  • It Snowed!

    2018/10/07: Chiyoko & I climbed up Cooper Spur in search of new snow. Mission accomplished!

  • Tranquility in the City.

    2018/09/22: In the center of Mishima, Rakujuen Garden & Kohama Pond A tranquil Garden & Pond fed by Spring water from Mt Fuji.

  • Two Red Boats!

    2018/09/21: Hotaka Jinja Shrine & Moyjin-ike Pond, Kamikouchi Valley Hike

  • Tashiro Pond

    2018/09/21: The Tashiro-ike pond, Kamikouchi valley.

  • Desert Fall

    2018/09/30: Cottonwood Canyon: Some fall color along the John Day River.

  • A river runs through it.

    2018/09/20: Kamikouchi Valley, the Azusa River

  • Today's Goal!

    2018/09/20: Mt. Yakedake seemingly still far away our goal for the day was the summit.

  • Just lash a ladder to it!

    2018/09/20: Mt Yakedake, a steeper bit!

  • On the water!

    0218/09/19 On the Sumida river water bus passing the Tsukiji fish market.

  • Tokyo!

    Views from Tokyo Tower

  • A tad pricey!

    Around $200 for 4 Matsutake mushrooms at the Tsukiji Fish Market, Tokyo.

  • Shuzenji

    2018/09/18: We spent the morning helping Chiyoko's folks with some gardening then in the afternoon we took the local trail line up to Shuzenji only about 15 miles away. Often described as a "Mini Kyoto". Though a lovely little town I think "Micro Kyoto" would be a better description.

  • Fuji san from Kawaguchi Lake!

    2018/09/17: Chiyoko & brother Kiyoshi at Kawaguchi Lake. This was the only day in our 2 week trip that Mt Fuji was not hidden in clouds!

  • Fantastic Fireworks

    2018/09/17: We went with our friend Kumiko to check out the great Atami beach fireworks. A really great show!

  • Underground!

    2018/09/17: Chiyoko leading OUR way down the Narasawa Ice Cave! Hard hats required!