Yangshou: exploring the countryside
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so: Nathalie and I were quite a way behind everyone but we had a great time..... about 6 Chinese boats (vacationing Chinese are fun fun fun)were around us.... and they were having an incredible water fight with some water flingers they bought.... they look like bike tire pumps .... (actuallyI was trying to figure out this item,... the venders were selling when I Fell into the mud….lol....) some of them had brought bowls, some had the water flingers and some were just using their hands. They saw our cameras so they didn't get us but wow what a lot of action. they were laughing so hard and soakingeach other. at one point their polers got into the act and everyone fell off the raft on one..... it was so fun to watch....
We were also laughing watching them.... and... as boys do (sorry guys..) it egged them on.... (Nathalie is a beautiful 25 year old and she had a circle of flowers inher hair so she was very striking..... so I guess the whole thing was performing for her.... but I really enjoyed it too..........)
Every 20 minutes or so there was a dam that the raft had to slide down.... and it made the front of the raft go under water when we hit the other side.very fun.but we had keep a good hold of our beers in the excitement..... (gotta have beer) also, we both had backpacks and cameras. We justshoved them behind us with the life jackets. (Tara, Morgan, and Erin, just kidding ..... mommy had hers on......and ...... I warned Natalie to put hers ontoo just like I do with you three.)
When we finished the ride they put us ashore and unloaded our bikes from the back of the rafts. Mine was still coated with mud clots in the basketwhere it fell. We rode up the main road again and bought strawberries from one of the 30 venders by the side. We washed and ate them in a littleroadside cafe and gave them the leftovers to thank them for the use of the table.... they were really happy with them and completely fine with us using thetable....
Next we rode to a banyan tree that was 1500 years old. I got my picture taken with two monkeys. They had on little hats and vests: they sorta mademe look very underdressed .... We walked past the many venders then had a quick ride across a little stream on a bamboo raft.... and I droppedNatalie’s sunglasses into the water.... it was only about a foot and a half deep and it took a little bit of maneuvering but I finally fished themout by laying flat.... and.... finally, when I couldn’t reach….the poler had to move the raft for me.....and.....when I got up and held them up a little crowdcheered.... It was funny that so many had gathered..... LOL. happy I could provide the entertainment.
We went to the moon village restaurant and parked our bikes next to the trail head. Julie's mom was there selling postcards so we got to meet her and tell her how much we liked her daughter. We had a great meal.... we all ordered then ate it from the middle of the table so we got to try everything. As we weresitting we could look up and see moon mountain. It was really beautiful. It is a mountain that is eroded in a moon shape..... David said he didn't know about the rest of us but he wanted to climb it.... yikes.
so..... we all decided that we needed to do it too. .... and we went into the parking lot where our bikes were and began the walk. It was over 800 steps and was very steep in some sections...... It took about an hour to climb it....I carried all of my own things until I was about 2/3 of the way then I was too pooped.... but I was very determined.... Julie, who was completely unwinded (when she was in middle school she went to school very close to the mountain and her teacher used to have them run up it 2 times a day.....for physical education.... ) Julie took my backpack and carried it the last 1/3. I was so winded and tired. my hair was plastered to my neck and forehead and I had sweat dripping off my chin and nose..... but …. I kept going........ and the top was totally worth it. the view was Breathtaking. And we could take pictures of ourselves with
right behind us. what a high...... Oh, …did I mention that we each had a vender lady walking with us..... and they were carrying a box full of coke and water on shoulder straps and they each had a fan and they walked fanning us all the way..... and they didn't break a sweat or get out of breath???? Moon MountainI gave mine 20 Yuen and David bought me a 15 Yuen water at the top from my lady...... We walked down.... (it was actually hard to walk down too.... but I had the comfort of knowing if I fell I would be going the right direction....)
We rode out into the country side and took pictures of people planting and working in the fields. A lady chased us about a block whipping her water buffalo with a twig yelling that she would let us take a photo for money..... everyoneelse said no.... I was behind everyone ... taking other photos and she kept catching up to me and I finally gave her money and David got a pictureof me with my head right next to this huge animal. It was cool.... then ...... the mistake happened....... David didn't realize I had paid her and reached into his pocket and brought out some bills and asked what I owed her.... shereally wanted more pictures then.... so we thanked her and left her but she wasn't very pleased.The villages were really fun.... we love seeing the kids ... other than my own little darlings I don't think any children are cuter than the Chinese babies.