Tuesday, May 26, 2015
I woke up drenched. I guess sleeping in the jungle with temperatures ranging from 85-100 with no power will do that to you 🙂
Quickly exchanging my pajamas for hiking clothes, I headed out for coffee and breakfast.
Breakfast was this interesting slightly-sweet fired pancake..
Ignoring the fact that I had digested no protein, I got ready for our 6K (~3.7 miles) hike. For me that meant…
Ready to go!
Here is the map of the route:
Doesn’t it look so easy??
Here we go…
Ha. Those blue mountains on the map weren’t kidding, you literally walk up and down mountains. Every time we finished a hill I would ask Johnny,
“How many more hills?”
and he would always say,
“Just one more”
I think I group finally figured out,
Never believe Johnny 🙂
About halfway we came across the main event, the 1000 year old tree.
We also found a group of high-schoolers. They were very curious about us. I asked for one of them to take a group photo, but auto-focus isn’t as easy as it looks so the picture came out a little blurry…
When we finished taking our picture they asked if they could take a photo with us!!! I felt like a celebrity! Ha, I bet the caption of their photo was, “Look, we found sweaty foreigners in the jungle”
They even asked for selfies with some of the group, crazy!?!
The hike continued, and the we finally approached THE LAST BIG HILL. Man, was it a doozy. About 2 hours later (I think) we were back on flat ground and ready for showers! Once we were all relatively clean it was time to head to Ninh Binh for lunch and a boat tour.
Lunch…nom nom…so much food
Time for the boat tour! This area is often called “Ha Long on Land”, can you see it?
After about a two hour tour we drove to a local hotel for showers and dinner (oops no photos, but still an excess of food!).
Around 9 pm we boarded an overnight bus for PHONG NHA!
Busy, beautiful, day 🙂
What will Day 3 bring??
Love always, Arianna the Wandering Pipette