As the fourth anniversary of the 2011 earthquake and tsunami in northern Japan approaches, I once again find myself grateful for another year helping in Tohoku, and for our continuing presence in Inawashiro. I love our little shelter there, and I am so proud of the wonderful people that work together to keep it going! This past weekend expanded our team and found us helping cows AND cats! I've recently returned to work teaching away from the shelter, so for me, this meant a chance for a road trip to Fukushima. I couldn't have asked for better car companions, a better soundtrack, or better winter scenery! Highway service areas provided the usual helpful information :-) I think I laughed more along this trip than I have in a long time!