We took drive Saturday west of our town, Fussa, to Okutama Lake. It is about an hour drive up through very winding, narrow roads through tunnels blasted through the mountains and forests filled with very tall trees. When I took the first picture I actually saw a monkey in the bushes next to the road. I couldn't believe that there were actual wild monkeys just roaming around. Since this was our first road trip we just drove up and back and didn't stop at any of the Buddhist shrines or other tourist stops along the way. We will be making this trip many times during the next 17 months and will keep you posted.