This morning I woke early to go on the day trip with friends from our apartment. We met at 8:00 for the 90 minute drive to Miyun Reservoir.
We arrived around 10:00 and had an early lunch at 10:30 as the hike was to last around 4 hours.
We were all excited to start a simple walk around the park (at least that was what we thought, as some of the women had dress shoes on). Nicole, Ilse (Finland), Joan , Shirlee ( apartment)
Half way up the mountain, a couple people turned back as most of the pathways were difficult to walk on. We continued on, and after a few more hills, a couple more women turned around. We continued on, with the smaller group with only a few of us speaking English. The signs were difficult to follow, and after going down a hill when we were suppose to be climbing up the mountain, I questioned if we should all go on, as no one was clear on the way to the top. We had already hiked for 3 hours and they thought it still might be 2 more hours to get to the top. I was thinking of the long walk back to the bottom, so I said I was ready to go back, and luckily everyone agreed. We didn’t make it to the top, but if we would have continued on, it could have been dark when we ascended the mountain, which could have been very exciting, as in some places it felt like we were climbing up ladders. After 3 hours on the bus ride home I was ready for a rest on the couch.
My new friend at the apartment that now sits out in the lobby and greets me when I come and go. He comes to my classes to learn English.
Tomorrow morning I leave on a 4 day trip to Guilin a town in southern China. Since Mark is still gone I thought I would see this area that I have heard about the whole time I have lived in China.
Luckily the place where I take my calligraphy classes organized a trip for this weekend. It was meant to be!