Dott - You know it's funny you mentioned the letter...I wrote an email and sent it to him. I know, kind of weird since I know he's gone, but I guess I just got a lot out in the open. It was a very emotional process, but I felt like it had to be done. I'm considering getting in touch with his sister to say a few words.
I'm not sure how you can enjoy a scenic hike if you're going so fast!! I'm very much an annoying "take in the scenery" type person. It annoys all the fast walkers I'm with! It was pretty magical to run underneath the sakura...something I can say one day! Good idea on the scale break, it's always a good idea when you can feel yourself becoming a bit obsessive.
Do you prefer solo performance or one with an orchestra? Still looking forward to seeing any footage you got!! So glad to see you so pumped about your super healthy life right now, it's so infectious! Woohoo!