I slept in until 9am, and after getting yelled at last night for not being fully naked in an onsen (um, long story...saving it for another day), I felt like a whole new woman when I woke up this morning. I turned 33 today. That seems kinda old, especially for someone who is single and has no home, pets or kids, but I'm just rolling with it. This will probably be my year, right? Actually, this trip has convinced me that it could be. Yo...

My alarm went off at 5:03am, and after snoozing until 5:10am, I threw on leggings, pants and who knows how many layers on top. I hate cold weather, but I’m willing to put up with frozen fingers and snotcicles if the view blows me away. I’m actually willing to put up with all kinds of bullshit if I can catch a banger sunrise, but then Callum pointed out that it was raining. Hard. Of course it was. I took my contacts out and crawled back in...

We got up around 5:20am and scrambled out the door, but thankfully there was still time for a coffee stop. However, after a quick drive around the northern shore of the lake, we realized we weren’t going to get much of a reflection. Fog was drifting from the water across the roads, and the wind had picked up as well, so the only option would be to find a composition up high. If we could get to the Pagoda in time, that is. Despite the icy...

"OH MY GOD! It's so huge!" I knew Fuji was beautiful and I had dreamed of seeing it for years, but when I finally got my first peek at it, I was blown away. It was way bigger than I thought, and the golden sunlight lighting up a few clouds around the base of the mountain made for one hell of a first impression. So those were the first words that came out of my mouth when I gazed at the 12,300-foot stratovolcano from the pass...

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