Busy, hectic times. I’ve nearly finished George Meegan’s book; I’m learning teensy bits of Japanese (trying not to cross my eyes when I hear the variations which MAY occur and reminding myself that English is hardly a stranger to this; my daughter was pointing out words which sound alike but which have very different meanings which must be determined from context, and I thought about homophones in English (which and witch, there and they’re and their–that sort of thing; she says that in hiragana they will be spelled the same, but the differences are plain in kanji). I really think I need to buckle down and learn AT LEAST hiragana or katakana so that I can sound things out. I’ve also discovered that so many American-adopted words can be figured out with a bit of effort: boo-rou-soo for blouse, for example.
I’m trying to get back to my t’ai chi practice to add to walking, and I’m now seriously looking at “stuff” at REI and other shops.
But, really, the only walking-related progress I can point to is coming up next week when the kids and I are going to Sequoia for a last camping trip before Michelle goes away to college 😦
We’ll have lots of nifty hikes there. I’ll post…REALLY…I WILL!
Oh, and I have to include a link to a site that may be a rich source for me to pore over pre-trip. It’s a tourism site encouraging strolls along sections of the Old Tokaido inShizuoka Prefecture. There are maps, tips, historical notes, and so on, and they’re available both in English and Japanese. Now I realize this only sees through less than 1/2 of the posts on the Old Tokaido, but that’s still a great start: