A colleague at work, Mike, went away for a few days on vacation. With the usual manic activity going on in the office, I had been dimly aware of Mike’s remarking, before he left, “I’m going to climb Mt. Fuji.” I noticed he was back in the office the following week, but I hadn’t yet spoken to him before I found the following email message in my inbox:
“Hey, so what is the care/maintenance for a lost toenail from hiking?” –Mike
Mt. Fuji: a souvenir waiting to be discovered.
I decided to write him back…
“Assuming you actually found your toenail, Mike, you should carefully place it in a padded, velvet-lined oak box. Be sure to discard the bloody sock.”
…and received Mike’s reply:
“Ha-ha. Well, it sort of fell off on its own – mostly. The hike down Fuji was about 5 hours on lava fields and pumice stones, so bruised the nail badly. Now mostly just a gaping hole – been covering it w/ BandAids and Neosporin. Let me know if you think further steps need to be taken.
Good “hiking”. You should try it. –Mike
“Good hiking indeed, by the sound of it. Also sounds like you are caring for it much the same way I would. But also take your vitamins, maybe take Echinacea to stave off infection.”
A day or two later I returned to my desk to find a chunk of dense and rather dried-out chocolate cake sitting there. Trouble is, it didn’t smell like chocolate cake. It didn’t smell like anything.
Then I got another email from Mike.
“Left you a souvenir at your desk; we were walking through drifts of that stuff on the way down.” –Mike
Wow, whole mountainsides of chocolate cake? I was morally compelled to, again, write him back.
“Aw, MAN! And I thought it was leftover chocolate cake!! Wondered why it was so dry and hard to swallow. Tasted alright with lots of coffee, though.”
And that’s when Mike shared his incredible photography with me. As I admire the piece of fudge-colored pumice still sitting on my desk (every rock tells a story), I feel morally compelled to share Mike’s Mt. Fuji photo essay with you.*
*Note: Mike’s BlueYuki site was coded by Mike himself; according to Mike, it’s a work in progress. Therefore, after you click Enter, click the “Mt Fuji” folder to see photos of his spectacular climb. And “Lost Toenail” descent!