As threatened in my previous post, once I’d performed all of my worldly duties today (sleeping late, drinking coffee, entertaining my child, driving around trying to take pretty pictures), I set about digging myself a man-cave in the snow. It turned out to be harder work than I’d anticipated, and I don’t know why I ever thought it would be easier. I’ve shoveled enough snow in my day to have anticipated the twinge in my back every time I get up off the FLOOR of the Iguchi household. Furniture is good.
I chose this exquisite mound of snow between Chieko’s house and the family barn, where snow from said barn’s roof has repeatedly fallen onto the already ample amount of snow on the ground. Going in, I had dramatic notions of a snow palace containing various chambers, perhaps some tunnels. In the end, shoveling snow is a pain in the ass, I was sweaty and wet, and I was just a bit worried about my cave collapsing on me.
I’m not sure how long it took me to excavate what, in the end, was a pretty mediocre-sized cave. Floor space is good enough, but it could use a little more head room. I suppose I did a pretty good job, but since my initial expectations were so lofty, I can’t help be a little disappointed.
In actuality, building snow cave/igloos is a tradition in the snow-draped areas of Japan, akin to what American kids do whenever it snows. The coolest difference is that in Japan, they install candle-power and hang out cooking up mochi (gooey rice blobs) and other innard-warming treats. I skipped out on the food, but went all out with the candles.
And of course we bundled Ray up and dragged him into his first of many snow caves.
I mentioned earlier that I drove around today trying to take pictures. I’m finding it difficult to get good sight-lines over the towering snow banks on the sides of the roads, and end up taking lots of pictures of my car in front of giant walls of snow. I managed to get a few decent shots today, once it occurred to me that opening the door and standing on the door jamb would give me a little more clearance.
We’re heading back to Kanazawa tomorrow midday. The forecast is clear, so I’m hoping we can do better than seven hours getting home. Then the race is on get ready for our trip to America on Thursday. Vacation is busy.