Into the Deep

finally, sun.  and a lot of it!

just when i had nearly given up hope this year for clear, pleasant days typical of autumn in kanto, that’s exactly what we’ve been getting this week.  and it couldn’t have come at a better time– with my son away on an overnight school trip, it was the perfect opportunity to go touring to oku-chichibu (oku, meaning ‘deep’ or ‘interior’), located in the western edge of saitama.

on this day, i headed to takizawa dam, one of chichibu’s four dams and the one i had yet to visit, and nakatsu-kyo, a gorge designated by the prefecture as a scenic region and known especially for beautiful fall foliage.  since the last typhoon had just passed, parts of the roads were still wet with puddles and some areas even, with water running from one side of the road to the other.

around the ootaki region where the dam is located, the leaves had just started turning colors; but the patches of red among the mainly green mountainside were really brilliant, as if the leaves were glowing from within.  nakatsu-kyo, however, was a step ahead, with yellow and orange in the mix for an all-out colorful show, as if to make up for last year’s lackluster foliage.  i wish every year could be this pretty…!

by the time i turned around, it was already late afternoon.  wrapped in the crisp autumn air (turning colder by the minute!), i watched the sky color and fade and give way to the rising moon as i made my way back home.

no rush, no checking my watch.  touring without a time limit.
to me, it was the ultimate luxury.

待ちに待っていた秋晴れ。
もう今年は期待できないかと思いきや、ここ数日は眩しい晴天に恵まれています。ちょうど息子も学校行事で一晩留守だし、このチャンスは逃せない!と久々の秩父ツーリングに行ってきました。

この日向かったのは秩父4ダムで唯一行ったことがない滝沢ダムと県の名勝地、そして紅葉で有名な中津峡。台風明けだったので、奥地へ進むほど道が水浸しのところもあり、ときには道路を横切って流れていました。

大滝周辺はまだ紅葉が始まったばかりでしたが、緑の山を所々飾るカエデの赤は鮮やかで、内から光を放っているようでした。中津峡まで進むと、秋は一層深まっており、黄色やオレンジ色の葉も加わって色とりどり。去年の茶色い「紅葉」とは大違いでした。やぱっり秋はこう出なくてはね!

引き返したのはもう日が傾き始めた頃。夕焼けの空に浮かぶお月さまを眺めながら、秋の清々しい(でも刻々と冷たくなる)空気に包まれ帰宅しました。

時間制限のないツーリング。
とても贅沢した気分です。

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2 thoughts on “Into the Deep

  1. This sounds and looks heavenly.

  2. PS. Even tho I can’tread Japanese characters they always look like works of art to me.

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