So, yesterday I went out for camping in Nagatoro with Said and Ryan. Ryan was the originator of the whole trip, as apparently it was a place he use to spend a lot of time during the summer 4-5 years ago. He was really pumped for it, and his enthusiasm was contagious. I went expecting lots of tequila, swimming, jumping off rocks into the river, a barbecue, and then fun uncomfortable times trying to sleep three people in a tent only meant for two.
We left Shimotakaido a little before 7, and via a delay at Yorii we still made it out in decent time, though Ryan seemed to feel that we were burning decent sunlight. I thought he was being a bit dramatic - it was 31 C and plenty hot out as it was. We arrived in Nagatoro and made straight for the supermarket. We decided to leave the barbeque for later in the evening when it wasn't deathly hot, and ended up just buying lunch.
After that, trekked out in search of a place recalled from the depth's of Ryan's memory, the sweet spot where he spent much time drinking tequila, listening to reggae and accosting the tourist boats as they went by. I think we found it, eventually, but I was gonna be damned before I started drinking around there. Just to climb down from the rocks we were walking across to get down to the river bed meant STEEP drops, where a misplaced foothold could mean a rather tidy trip to the local hospital, if you were lucky. Said agreed.
After eating and then setting up, Ryan had the music going and we did the first shots of tequila (just ONE shot doesn't hurt anything), and Ryan went straight into the water. I was huddled in what little shade there was to offer in the lee of the rocks, the sunburn sustained a few days earlier still protesting the heat and the sun. I wanted to take a dip as I was covered in sweat from the walk, but wanted to wait out until after 2 when the worst of the sun was done for the day.
That didn't last. I didn't have my bathing suit on and Ryan hadn't set up the tent yet, so I had him and Said hold up a blanket while I changed. The people on the boats going by sure got an eyeful, anyway. Later on some Japanese boys came down with obviously the same agenda as us, already with their grocery bags of meat for barbecue and enough beer to ensure good times. At one point I glanced over and some of them happened to be changing, but I guess they had no worries of modesty. Once I realized what was going on I figured it only decent to look away.
At one point later on, Said was napping and I had a talk with Ryan, which was nice. I didn't really know him very well before and while I still wouldn't say that I do, I think I know him better. I mean, we were mostly talking about sex because it is Ryan, after all, but being able to talk so openly like that with someone is kind of liberating, and god knows he has way more experience than me. Beforehand both Ryan and Said had asked if it was all right if we just went back that night without the camping, and while I was kind of bummed, by the time Said woke up there were massive dark clouds moving in and a storm approaching fast. I guess it wasn't meant to be.
We stopped for sushi at some station on the way back to Ikebukuro. It was the coolest and tastiest kaitenzushi I've had here so far, and also happened to be the cheapest. I must go back, and I was even thinking the journey there would be worth it, but it seems that they're a chain and there's one not three stops from here. Win!
Made a brief stop at Hub for a drink too, sunburned and smelly as we were. It was sort of disappointing, and Ryan and Said were trying to get me to point out guys that I liked and were encouraging me to hit on them. This is what happens when I open my big mouth. There were no hot guys there, either.
Tomorrow I leave for Hokkaido for a week out with Jon, and then I'll have another couple of days until Comiket. Should be fun, though I think I'll be doing that on my own. Liz might come for a day, but only as a photographer. She reads some manga but doesn't really watch anime, and I'm not sure she knows what doujinshi are. I'm sure the cosplayers will give her enough amusement.