Wednesday, May 06, 2009

Tama Hills Recreational Facility, Japan
This past week was Golden Week here in Japan. It's four days of specific holidays and is a time that everyone travels. We tried leaving at a less busy times and still took longer than usual. We left Sunday for Yokota AB and took about 4.5 hours instead of the usual 3. However, no throw up so it was a good drive. We did some shopping, movie renting, and stayed one night.
The next morning we left for Tama Hills, only 16 miles from Yokota but an hour drive. Government employees can book cabins or hotel rooms there and we were lucky enough to get a cabin for one night (due to a last minute cancellation). Once we got there Etta was in a foul mood. It didn't help that she woke up at 6am. She didn't want to play at the playground or play putt putt golf. We pulled tooth and nail for a good hour at the golf course. See below, I left out all the screaming shots.
Etta wouldn't go down the slide, just whined about it for a good 10 minutes.

The girls' first time with golf clubs

Most of the time they'd just walk up to the hole and put the ball in

Chloe would steal every ones' ball, even when it was in play

18th hole couldn't come soon enough, Etta even tried getting the ball in. Eric won by two stokes!

After putt putt Etta was asking for lunch. We went up to the lodge to the restaurant. I had a yummy taco salad which I had been craving, Eric a Reuben, grilled cheese for Chloe, and chicken nuggets for Etta. It was a good lunch. The girls kept themselves entertained outside the lodge for the next hour throwing new bouncy balls (for 50cents) down a hill. It was hilarious. We checked into our cabin and went to see it. Honestly I expected four walls and a roof. I was pleasantly surprised to see this:

Eric happened to delete the kitchen picture. It was well stocked, just missing an oven and dishwasher. I don't even have one of those. It was great. We stocked up on hot dogs and chips for dinner rather than eat at the restaurant again. We'll be prepared next time. Here's us hanging out waiting for dinner.
Chloe trying on Daddy's shoe
Enjoying the great weather!
Etta had a fall in the rocks

Chloe discovered cheddar sun chips
I want more chips and can't take the lid off!
Eric was in charge of the hot dogs

We took a walk after dinner to work off the hot dogs and chips. We checked out the stable.
Just waking up from a catnap
stopped at the playground before calling it a night
Etta's in a good mood, she just found out she's riding a pony in the morning

Our type of parenting, watching the kids from the bench
Chloe's going to hurt herself, better help her out
Etta's new trick

We were up bright and early the next morning. Thank you Chloe! Made for a perfect opportunity to call my parents and check in. Yep, we had internet access in our cabin. This is so not like camping.
The girls even got to watch some cartoons
It's 8am and Chloe is tired, it's been over 3 hours since she woke up
Chloe hung out in the van while Eric packed it
To short to reach the wheel

Found some old candy on the floor of the van...great
Waiting for the pony ride!
I see a pony!
The pony is getting ready for the girls
Excited girls
Etta's the first to ride

Chloe says, "I don't think so!"
"I'll look at it instead, Etta can ride for me"
It started to rain right after the pony rides were over. Good timing, we left Tama Hills right after that and headed back to Yokota. We needed to pick up our mail and cold grocereies before heading back to Shizuoka. This time it took only 45 minutes to get to Yokota. From there, it took about 4 hours to get back to Shizuoka. No throw up again, the girls are getting better!
Chloe took a little snoozer on the way to Yokota
This is our favorite time...nap time


Jen said...

That place looks like lots of fun. I think Dan would go for something like that - it's a cross between camping and a nice hotel! :)

Jill said...

That is my type of camping!!

Tara said...

Great pics!! I love that cute cabin. It looks a lot like the cabins you can rent at KOA campgrounds here. That's definitely my kind of camping too! ;-)