Camping with Anthony, Day 3
Day 3: Long Day of Play -- Kotobikihama, Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2008 Jeffrey Eric Francis Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Day 3: Long Day of Play

Day two of my camping adventure with Anthony ended pleasantly, with new friends and a nice sunset.

Day 3, however, started much earlier and much less pleasantly than I would have expected – right at midnight – when some rude family burst into the campground with loud voices and bright lights, searching for a spot to set up their tent, then setting it up.

Inconsiderate people suck.

I barely got a few hours of sleep, and was up at 5:30 or so with Anthony and daybreak. Day three was Saturday of Golden Week, meaning that now the crowds would really start to arrive for the long four-day weekend. By 7am, numerous families had shown up, and good spots were becoming scarce.

We had been invited to camp here by Arthur, the dad of 3-year-old Monet and 5-year-old May, two of Anthony's classmates. (Both were featured on this recent post.) My flexible work schedule allowed me to come a bit early to secure a good spot for both of us, and they would join us this morning.

They arrived at 7:30am (after having left their place at 4am, to beat the traffic), and it was with pride that I showed Arthur the prime spot I had secured. Unfortunately, it was a prime spot only in my world of camping naïveté, so Arthur searched for a more suitable spot, luckily finding among the quickly-dwindling locations a nice, large area right at the edge of a cliff that offered a commanding view of the beach below.

I dreaded the prospects of having to physically move all my stuff from the tent, dismantle the tent, rebuild the tent in the new location, and move all my crap back in, but the whole point of the trip was go camping with friends, so I bite the bullet and moved to the nicer spot.

New Camping Home My tent on the left, Arthur's on the right, and his sun shade in between -- Kotobikihama, Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2008 Jeffrey Eric Francis Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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New Camping Home
My tent on the left, Arthur's on the right, and his sun shade in between
View From My New Front Door ( zoomed up view is below ) -- Kotobikihama, Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2008 Jeffrey Eric Francis Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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View From My New Front Door
( zoomed up view is below )
Anthony and Friends in the Hot River Monet and May join Anthony with his new friends from yesterday -- Kotobikihama, Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2008 Jeffrey Eric Francis Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Anthony and Friends in the Hot River
Monet and May join Anthony with his new friends from yesterday
View from the Beach -- Kotobikihama, Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2008 Jeffrey Eric Francis Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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View from the Beach
( Arthur's tent  ·  my tent )
Playing in the Water -- Kotobikihama, Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2008 Jeffrey Eric Francis Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Playing in the Water
Fuuta-kun and Anthony -- Kotobikihama, Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2008 Jeffrey Eric Francis Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
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Fuuta-kun and Anthony

The kids played in this area pretty much all day, with one parent or another keeping an eye on them. Here, the mom of the new friends seems to enjoy little May's company....

Kotobikihama, Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2008 Jeffrey Eric Francis Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D200 + Nikkor 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 VR @ 22 mm — 1/640 sec, f/8, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Kotobikihama, Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2008 Jeffrey Eric Francis Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D200 + Nikkor 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 VR @ 200 mm — 1/400 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Kotobikihama, Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2008 Jeffrey Eric Francis Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D200 + Nikkor 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 VR @ 170 mm — 1/1000 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos

After hours and hours of play, the kids took a rest, here using the air mattress in Arthur's tent as a jumping house....

Retiring to the Indoors -- Kotobikihama, Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2008 Jeffrey Eric Francis Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D200 + Nikkor 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 VR @ 34 mm — 1/160 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Retiring to the Indoors

The day was extremely hazy, which made for an anemic sunset.

Whimper of a Sunset -- Kotobikihama, Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2008 Jeffrey Eric Francis Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D200 + Nikkor 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 VR @ 170 mm — 1/160 sec, f/5.6, ISO 200 — map & image datanearby photos
Whimper of a Sunset

But the kids certainly slept well.

Continued here...


All 2 comments so far, oldest first...

I like the first photo the best – it doesn’t even need a title. The kids are REALLY cute in all the photos. Bummer about having to move the tent, though.

— comment by Marcina on May 19th, 2008 at 11:37am JST (9 years, 7 months ago) comment permalink

I think that the older girl was Monet-chan and the younger was May-chan,is it wrong?
Anyway,both of the girls were really cute and beautiful!! I enjoyed to play with May-
chan.

— comment by Chiharu on May 19th, 2008 at 12:07pm JST (9 years, 7 months ago) comment permalink
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