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Surviving the mountains

We made it through the Tiger Leaping Gorge. It was pretty much what I expected: ridiculously difficult and dangerous hike with beautiful views. I personally kind of hate hiking but I didn't want everyone else to not go because I didn't want to, so off we went. Kailey and I almost died after a few hours of climbing straight up loose rubble so we both rode mules up the cliff (which was probably even more dangerous). Finally that night in the rain we made it to the Halfway House in the gorge, which was lovely and had great food. The next day we finished the hike and then went to Shangri-la. After that we hired a car to bring us to Dequin, where we are staying at Tashis Mountain Lodge. There is a chicken that keeps going into our room, and yaks, cows, goats, pigs, and who knows what else. This is my favorite hostel so far. Its beautiful and relaxing. We went to town this morning and all afternoon we've been drinking beer and playing cards. Tomorrow we bus back to Shangri-la, then catch a plane to Kunming to see the Stone Forest! I have lots of pictures from the last few days, but this hostel has no wireless, just one shared computer on very slow dialup. We're going back to The Hump in Kunming and they have fast internet there. I'm going to go feed the goats some more.

Posted by Hparrish 03:30 Archived in China Tagged animal

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Donkeys are amazingly sure-footed. Check weather forecasts for Beijing - last I saw was monsoon rains... and supposedly the particulate matter is back up - although the government says that's an artifact of interaction with very moist conditions, which is possible. But during the fires in Auburn, it was the PM that went sky high, not the ozone, so who knows?

Were you playing EgyWar when playing cards? (like when you're supposed to be taking the trays back? - remember the cake at Yosemite?)

by daddydodah

We were playing Big 2- I'm going to teach them EgyWar next though! :)

by Hparrish

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