Since the sidewalks here aren’t really made for running, I’ve spent some dear time with the treadmill.So when the opportunity arose yesterday to go on an outdoor hike, I was excited for some fresh air!Leah and I went boating, hiking, and exploring around the Perfume Pagoda, an ancient cave/temple about two hours away from Hanoi.
To get there we took a bus, and then a boat!Tiny Vietnamese women power these little watercrafts — they have some awesome strength!Pretty sure I haven’t seen these in DC’s waters…When our boat docked, it was time to hike up the mountain! Leah and I trekked up some seriously steep, rocky steps to make it to the peak:And then tackled a short descent into a crazy cave. Inside, we found lots of shrines and offerings from Buddhist followers.We also bonded with our very enthusiastic tour guide.We popped by another smaller pagoda called “Heaven’s Kitchen Pagoda” but there was no froyo? In my mind, the temple would be full of it 😉Because we were wearing shorts, we weren’t allowed inside! Whoops.Any Chronicles of Narnia readers out there? This reminded me of Aslan.Not only were the sights and scenery spectacular on this tour, but we also loved meeting other travelers who joined us! It’s always fun to share stories with other trekkers.It’s not as fun, in my opinion, to take a rickety cable car down a mountain and wonder if you will make it to the end.Luckily I survived — and made it home just in time for a date with Anthony!The highlight of my day was when the waitress said I was Vietnamese enough to roll my own rice paper rolls.
- Have you ever been hiking?
- Are you afraid of heights?
- What was the last compliment you received?
- Bonus: tell me about your run today!