First off, we are not feeling really great. Coughs, sniffy noses and such. However, we had to get Joseph some birthday presents. The catch was that the lovely little shuttle outside of our front door does not run on the weekends. That left us with the alternative you will see in the next few pictures.
Beginning our trek just outside of the building where we live.
Turning left to head down the long and steep staircase.
I was holding the baby in the carrier and Kent had the stroller which he had to carry down each step. Good times.
A little lookout at the bottom of the stairs.
Down a very steep hill.
Another fun sewer cap along the way.
And yep, we're still walking....
Almost to the train station
The back of the train station
Car elevator along the way
Ahh... we made it
Kent trying to explain the crazy railway system to us
Waiting for our train
Somebody lost her first tooth.. sigh
Not our train
Here it is
Off we go @ Yokosuka-chuo
Begin walking again
BIG and BUSY train station
Still a ways from the base
We made it! Womble gate in the distance. This base is unique in that it is shared by the Americans and the Japanese. We had a Japanese guard that let us on. I thought that was interesting.
We decided to reward the kids for all that trekking with a game of bowling.
After bowling we headed to the commisarry and the NEX for some groceries and presents. What we did not anticipate was the rain that began to pour down after our shopping was complete. Oh Dear. Kent thankfully decided to hail a cab(o.k. 2 cabs!). Which took us down to the train station. We were all still relatively dry at this point. Hopped on the train and then took the #20 bus as close as we could to the house. We grabbed everything(ie. groceries, birthday presents, strollers and babies) and made a run for it. Let's just say that after our 10 minute jog we were drenched! We all dripped our way inside and promptly filled both bathtubs to get every one warmed up while I cooked up some spaghetti. Whew. What a day. The rain was not real great for our already stuffy heads which resulted in our staying home from church Sunday. We partly made that decision because we would have to do that whole crazy trek all over again. So, the next time you hop in your car and zip off be thankful for your wheels! Next up. Birthday Pics.