When I pulled open the drapes this morning, I decided to drop my plan to go directly to Kagoshima City. Instead of yesterday's unrelenting rain, sunshine was trying to penetrate mist. It was time for a bonus hike.
I had less than 60 minutes to dress, pack, slow down enough to enjoy breakfast, then check out of the hotel. With minutes to spare, I caught the hikers' bus to the trailhead.
At times, the trail was unstable and I had to hang on to rough lava. I was glad I was wearing work gloves.
As I climbed higher, the world slowly slowly revealed itself through the mist.