It could be another week before the buds on our apple tree explode; spring blossoms come late in Minneapolis.
Back in March, I hiked up Kaimondake, a volcano in southern Japan for a day with Cecilia, a twenty-something from Sweden. She was traveling with the cherry blossoms, through Japan, from south to north. She would end up on Hokkaido in late April when the blossoms would finally be coming out in that northernmost of Japan's main islands.
Beyond that, she was living in the moment: no onward ticket from Japan, no concern her meager funding from an arts organization might run out.
It is a good plan to travel from south to north in the spring, not just for the blossoms, but to give the weather a chance to moderate.
|Blossoms in the rain|
This year I followed a similar plan, but spent more time in the south, and my northernmost point was Sado Island (near Niigata, Honshu). I hiked up to Sado Island's snow line, but in the valley it was warm, and trees were blossoming.
|Blossoms against castle wall|
I'm enjoying a long blossom season.
|Blossoms at sunset|