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kyonoki - 京のキー Atago-san: Abandoning Rhod and Kitty

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京のキー Atago-san: Abandoning Rhod and Kitty

Atago-san: Abandoning Rhod and Kitty

Every single person we met on the mountainside lied to us. At first I believed that they were misinformed, but looking back on the day I wonder if they were not trying to be kind by urging us on through false hopes. There was a unanimous agreement that from the halfway point the climb became easier. This just was not true. I vaguely remember two points where the path levelled out and it was like a welcome slap in the face, but the reprieves were short. For two hours we climbed, and the little markers driven into the ground to give pilgrims an idea of how far they had travelled, only made us despair at the distance left. I would like to say that when we reached the fortieth marker we celebrated, but again disappointment bit at our heels. The last marker sat just inside the gate of the temple, but not at the temple itself. The precinct was large, sprawling, and crowned with dizzying staircases of stone.

For a four year old, Kitty braved the climb remarkably well, but come the halfway point it became apparent she could not go on and we could not carry her the entire way. In the spirit of all good wilderrness movies, we were forced to leave the pair with supplies and carry on. We had gone too far to turn back, but the goal seemed out of reach. I have to applaud Erina's determination. Between us, we could have managed Gil without too much trouble, but he refused to fall asleep and cried whenever I pulled him away from Erina's embrace. Near the end he was finally tired enough to let me carry him, but before then it must have been a hellish climb for Erina. At some points it got so tiring that I took over and struggled on with a screaming baby, Erina unable to go on with the added weight.

Hi Ki-chan

Thank you for climbing up the mountain with us!
I really think that I never managed to climb up without you and Rhod.
If we climb the Atago mountain again (not gonna happen…), we better leave house in the early morning.
Erina - 25 11 08 - 05:35

Climb the mountain again!!!!!!!!! Better start training. I am sure we only made it the first time because we didn’t know how far it was. Some great pictures of you an Gil coming up in the next few days.
xx
ki (Email) - 25 11 08 - 09:28

  
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