李明熙、Kimberlogic:由布岳登山挑戰!

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「由布院之森」中伏記/李明熙

九州 JR Pass 其中一個賣點是不同路線的觀光列車,雖然我們比較喜歡更快的新幹線,但從長崎到山中溫泉區的由布院沒有新幹線,我們決定坐上特快觀光列車「由布院之森」。列車主要來回行駛博多和由布院,每日六班,其中兩班更駛往別府,所有列車都是指定席,必須預先訂座。

我們在鳥栖駅轉車,墨綠色的「由布院之森」使近月台時,感覺別具氣派,心情頓時雀躍。車內以暖色木材為設計主調,配合古典的燈飾和手柄,洋溢著歐陸風韻。列車只有四個車廂,其中半個是有特大窗戶的觀光車箱及小賣部。

2017_03_Cup030_01列車看似高雅,但坐了一會就有中伏的感覺。因為車內全是拖著大喼的觀光客,以中年女士居多,她們在車廂內來回走著,打卡自拍,十分擾人。而小賣部的人龍亦擠滿整個觀光車廂,我們馬上打消吃便當的念頭。「由布院之森」唯一有趣之處,是會在路上停下,介紹沿途風光。偶爾會有職員拿著一塊寫有當天日子的大風景板,為客人拍照留念,我倆都認為這行為太傻,笑著搖頭拒絕。
到達由布院跟列車上的感覺一樣,到處擠滿遊客。一條短短的商店街,從高處遠看,只看到人頭,看不到路的盡頭,一刻還以為自己身在原宿鬧巿。黃昏過後,旅遊巴團相逐離去,店舖接近打烊時段,我們這時才漫步由布院,吃著豆腐和蜂蜜味雪糕,享受整天唯一沒有遊客的空間。

離開由布院往大分時,我們決不再坐觀光列車,車廂空無一人,平靜地獨享窗外美景。


 

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Mount Yufu/Kimberlogic

After a couple of days exploring the city of Nagasaki it was time to head into the countryside for more hiking and hot springs. The next stop on our Kyushu trip was Yufuin, a small tourist town in the Oita Prefecture. Although Yufuin is a small town in the country, it was packed with many tour buses and people just stopping over for the afternoon.

Luckily our hotel was away from the main drag in a much quieter part of town. To get there we had to walk along a small stream past a few farms which gave us the feeling of being far from the busyness of the tourist-run town. The walk to the hotel gave us a preview of the next day’s adventure; towering over the town and the farms at 1,583 meters was Mount Yufu.

After settling in at the hotel we decided to check out the town. Before entering the busy streets, we stopped at a quiet lake to look at the fish and feed the ducks. It was nice to find serene areas in such a busy little place.

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We started early the next morning with a beautiful Japanese-style breakfast before heading to the bus station. A fifteen minute bus ride brought us to the foot of the mountain and the beginning of the trail. After a few minutes on the trail, we were alone in the gorgeous forest where the leaves were just starting to change colors.

Being in a forest or hiking any mountain is always fun for me, but after our previous hikes around Kyushu, finding something unique about this hike was starting to prove troublesome. We went from the cover of trees to grassy switchbacks gaining height quickly. It was tiring, the sun was hot and although the views were great, our motivation was slipping.

This hike turned out to be one of my favorite hikes in Kyushu all due to the last leg; the summit. When we reached the top of the mountain we were faced with a decision; do we summit the east peak or the west peak? From where we stood both peaks looked about the same height and difficulty, so we flipped a coin and chose the west peak to summit.

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I have always been afraid of heights, but I haven’t let that stop me from adventures like mountain climbing and repelling, jumping out of planes or hang gliding and zip lining in remote areas. Climbing this summit, I wasn’t prepared to have my fear challenged, but it certainly was.

Clinging to a rock face and a chain, I gave the small group of Japanese hikers below a lesson in offensive English words as I worked through my fear and carefully navigated my way up the challenging peak. Being on top of that mountain felt like more of an accomplishment than any other hike because of the inner strength needed to conquer it, plus looking over at the east peak we saw an easy winding trail that led right to the top and we knew we chose the right peak for us.

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李明熙、Kimberlogic 雜碎集

我們沒分東方或西方思想,只想以雜碎的遊歷去建立自己的世界觀和價值觀。We are neither eastern nor western mind. We just want to establish our worldview and values through traveling. 【李明熙】 曾用七個月時間從柏林踏單車回港,又不自量力參加蒙古越野單車賽。現從事影像製作、旅遊、教育等,自我催眠周身刀。著有「陌路回家」、「單車遊牧」及「良業遊民」。 【Kimberlogic】 An American who resides on the small island of Peng Chau, in Hong Kong, has a passion for traveling, partaking in local food and drink, different cultures and customs and watching people react to the world around them.

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