Welcome to Rat Camp

Howdy Y'all!

I hope this can be a place for us all to share our ramblings. The curse of 'Giddiyup!' (and the modern lifestyle) has placed us all far from the old ranch house (aka. Rat Camp), but if you're like me your heart still resides there.
Com'on y'all, show us what you're made of!

Saturday, March 22, 2008

The Ersch's in Japan

Kumiko and I and our son Louis, 3, live in Fujikawa, Shizuoka, Japan, about half-way between Tokyo and Nagoya on the Pacific coast. I teach English in the town's 7 schools (kindergarten, elementary & jr hi). Kumiko has been a stay-at-home mom since Louis was born. Louis (loo-ee, or roo-ee, in Japanese!) is a good boy, most of the time!

We're starting our 12th year here; for me, the longest I've lived anywhere, ever. Our home is surrounded by hills, has a view of Mt. Fuji, and is near the Fujikawa River. Our town sits at the top of the Suruga Bay.

When we can we like to take walks, have a campfire in the backyard, paddle our canoe or kayak, and travel. We have a van with a bed in the back that makes it cheap and easy to sleep most anywhere. The general safety in Japan and the hot springs that are everywhere make it easy.

My own hobby is mountain biking. I've also started another blog called DIY Health and Wellness and have a webpage for teaching English or other foreign languages.


Joyce said...

Hi, Elton and all! Thanks for doing this...it is cool...but i'm not sure how I do this. I just clicked on comments...is this the same as adding a blog???

Joyce said...

OK...that may be how it works! But I don't see where to leave pictures....later....

carol jim said...

Hello to all! I'm not sure I'm doing this right either, Joyce. But here I am anyway. I think this is a great idea and wonderful way for us to keep in touch.
I just have to comment on the name Elton picked - "Rat Camp" I don't know how many of you know, but that was the name of the camp on the ranch where I was born. A few miles east of Lake Arthur, NM. Pappo (my dad) was a cowboy there. Part of the old house is still standing and has been added on to. Later, Carol Jim