So on Thursday my work sponsored a trip to TongLu. We did 3 really amazing and fun activities during the 11 hour trip. Cave hiking, a bamboo raft ride down the river and mountain hiking. There were about 50 of us on the trip and I really had a great time.
We started out at around 740 a.m. from the hospital and headed towards TongLu. First stop the Caves near TongLu.
The tour guide and the head of our Marketing department encouraged people to sing. I tried to ignore him, but alas, felt bad because no one else would volunteer. So I got up and sang “You Are So Beautiful” by Joe Cocker… lol, thank God for the music on my iPhone!
Next up, my Ayi (Chinese for housekeeper), she works at our hospital and cleans my house once a week, she’s AWESOME! She sang after me, then lots of people sang!
Then we arrived at the caves and got in line with the rest of the tourists… I think I’m starting to blend in 🙂
We hiked in the cave for over 2 hours… it was pretty rugged terrain at some points and wet and slippery. I was the only one in the group with hiking shoes on… some of the women had HIGH HEELS! Maybe they didn’t get the memo we were HIKING… 😀
So, the Wishing Well Pond. In the middle of the pond was a vessel that was maybe 12 inches x 8 inches… it was about 20 feet from the edge. In the pond itself was tons of coins and there were some in the vessel, as well. I pull out a 1 RMB coin to toss in the well and hand one to Vivien… I made my wish and did an underhand softball toss and CLING, smack dab in the middle of the vessel!!!!!!! Woot! I made a very specific wish and that was that… off for more cave exploring 😀
On the way out of the caves you go through the booths selling all the wares you could imagine… I found something that I actually wanted, Vivien read the ingredients, all Dukan friendly so I bought two jars of this hotter than Hades chili sauce… hoo boy is it good!
As you can see, I was dipping my eggs in it… while opening the jar, Vivien snapped this lovely picture of me…
We then headed through town and saw some interesting things like…
Then we arrived at the restaurant where we had lunch. Now, I have to say here that I LOVE eating in China… even though I’m on Dukan. It is such a social event. Everyone taking their chopsticks and getting food from the lazy susan… it’s awesome. I know that some people might think that’s gross, but it’s so social. It was similar in Abu Dhabi, where you would basically get the food with either your fingers or the fork you were eating with. There is something so familial about it… I love it 🙂
We then loaded back up in the bus and headed to the river. We took bamboo rafts down the river for about a 45 minute ride. I was happy that I could see the bottom at all times. I have big issues with wood bridges, bamboo rafts and grates… all of which I had to use today! LOL
Then after a 40 minute ride on the bus, we ended up at the Daqishan National Forest Park. I’ll let the pictures do the talking…
And moments… literally MOMENTS after I stepped off The Flying Squirrel… my phone rang. It was a Blocked Call, but I knew it was the call I was waiting for… and it was! My heart was pounding, I wanted this call so bad… SO BAD I WISHED FOR IT THIS MORNING… just 3 hours earlier… when I threw the coin in the fountain… and here was the call… And my wish came true. It made my day… it made an already amazing day even more amazing. I know, you guys are all wondering what my wish was… I’ll share that in due time, in the future… I promise 🙂 Just know that it was an awesome wish!
And then we were back at the hospital, around 6 p.m…. very long, but very fun day! On my walk home I
stalked walked up behind this lady and kid and snapped this shot…
And that, my friends, was the end of an awesome day! I didn’t do my run, as planned, given that I hiked both a cave and a mountain for just under 8 kms…
I hope everyone has an amazing weekend!
You are such a tease… come on tell us what the phone call was about…. I would have a guess but I don’t want to ruin the surprise if I am right 😉
Soon, soon I’ll tell 🙂
Great hiking post!
Thanks! It was a great day 🙂
My iPhone takes pretty decent pics!
Looks like a fab day! Great photo’s and I love the way you got down the hill! X
Thanks, Meg! The Flying Squirrel was awesome!
Fantastic tour. Felt like I was there. Know how you feel about wooden bridges and amazed you even took the picture.
Mom, I wasn’t sure if it was the climb or the bridges that were making my heart pound! LOL
I wanna go!!!
It was a great trip, Abbi! I feel very fortunate to be where I’m at right now.
What an adventure! I love that you’re just getting out there and LIVING it up 🙂 Exhilarating!
We only live once, MJ. I’m determined to not die with millions in the bank, but memories in my heart 🙂
Indeed! And I have to add that seeing the river b’tween the gaps in the bamboo raft would make my head spin!
LOL… I have vertigo and tried not to look down too much! I think walking over the grate was the toughest for me!
Ok…another amazing adventure for Sandi, whew! Gal you are the poster child for LIVIN’
And while it’s awesome that you are having all these adventures, while looking at the pictures (particularly the one of Vivi w/ her arms outstretched in the cave) I can’t help but feeling that YOU are the adventure in the lives of the Chinese people you work/play with. What a great gift to Vivien to have (at a relatively young age) such a role model as Sandi, right?? Thanks for being an amazing ambassador and showing the people of the world that we’re not all like the freaky politicians our countr(ies) foist on each other, rather genuine people of good will and compassion who are REAL.
psst…bet I know what you wished for 😉
Anna, what a sweet reply. I think it is mutually rewarding. I adore Vivien and Kitty and feel blessed I’ve had the opportunity to work with them. I do feel that I succeed in showing people that although I’m a proud American, I have my own views and respect the cultures (most of the time, I am human) that I am living in.
I’m sure you do know what I wished for 😉
Wow beautiful ! What a fun day. What a blessing to be able to live in China!
I am truly blessed 🙂
Fantastic post! Did you think 8 months ago that you could do what you did today?
No, I did not! I’m so glad I listened to the bloggers who were already on Dukan. Heeded their advise, followed their triumphs and continued on 🙂
It logged me under the wrong name…. Hehe