For those of you wondering what the background picture is, here is the explanation.
Since we live in Japan, we figured we should select a picture from one of our trips around here and this one seemed unique enough where you might wonder “what is this??”
Well, Owakudani, or “Great Boiling Valley” is a volcanic valley with active sulfur vents and hot springs in Hakone, Japan. This is a popular tourist site for its scenic views, volcanic activity, and a local specialty of eggs hard-boiled in the hot springs. The boiled eggs turn black and smell slightly sulfuric. Consuming the eggs is said to increase longevity. The water from the hot springs is piped down to the surrounding area for use in “onsens” (hotwater healthy baths). The air may not have been the healthiest to breathe but it was fun and the warm eggs tasted really good on a cold windy day.