I have dreamed of taking an exotic vacation, and was jealous when my friend, Nancy, traveled to Thailand. This year, I convinced my husband, Larry, that we should visit Japan. We have a good friend who was born there and moved back with his wife several years ago. Larry and I were supposed to attend Yoshino's eightieth birthday party in Hong Kong about four years ago, but had to secure a doctor's note to obtain a refund on our airline tickets when his sister's cancer required us to move full-time to our lake house in South Carolina to be with her. In thinking about where to go this year, we decided that, although our friend is very spry, he is still eighty-four! Who knows how long he will be healthy enough to show us around? So, we decided this is the year to pay him a visit.
|Lake Ashi with Mout Fuji|
Two of my sisters have also agreed to stay at our home and care for our two little dogs, so we don't have to board them for this trip. We are very grateful to them for saving us some money, and worry about their well-being. They are two very spoiled little pooches.