So I’ve been on vacation a bit – hence my absence on last week’s scheduled post. I’m told when some people go on vacation they do things like go lie on the beach, drink daiquiris, and “hang out”. Also, apparently, around my office the standard thing to do on vacation is to do renovations and to introduce the new baby to the extended family in Ontario.

Having no renovations to do, and no babies, and friends who keep sending invites to great experiences, I’m in the middle of a completely different vacation. It started out with a week in Japan, skiing. This is not a novelty thing – the powder in Japan is legendary! So, apparently, is the wind. We were with a friend at Hakkoda, in the north of Honshu, near a town called Aomori. The resort has a single gondola which runs every 20 minutes, carrying 60 people – max – up the mountain each time. Vertical drop is only about 600m, and it isn’t steep, but man does it get snow and it doesn’t get skied out. We had some sunny days as well, and did some great touring.

More to the point, I’m now with some other friends in Hawaii for another week. The surfing without the wetsuit is great, and the warm weather is nice (particularly after the cold windy northern Japanese weather), but the thing everyone thinks I’m crazy for looking forward to is the running. Trails trails trails! The landscape here, on Kauai, is phenomenal, and there are various trails around, including the legendary Kalalau trail on the Na Pali Coast. I’ve only scratched the surface so far, with a 4 mile round trip scenic ridge run with my lovely girlfriend, but I’m looking forward to a few 10-20 mile runs on trail. There’s something to be said for being in a completely new place! Not much to say yet – but don’t worry, I’m sure I’ll keep ya’ll posted!

Ed skiing into the crater on Odake, near Hakkoda, Japan

Ed skiing into the crater on Odake, near Hakkoda, Japan

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