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running, boating, hiking, and rolling

Since the sidewalks here aren’t really made for running, I’ve spent some dear time with the treadmill.1-DSC03872So when the opportunity arose yesterday to go on an outdoor hike, I was excited for some fresh air!11-_DSC0329Leah 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!03-_DSC0272Tiny Vietnamese women power these little watercrafts — they have some awesome strength!01-_DSC0239Pretty sure I haven’t seen these in DC’s waters…02-_DSC0262When our boat docked, it was time to hike up the mountain!ย 10-_DSC0317Leah and I trekked up some seriously steep, rocky steps to make it to the peak:09-_DSC0315And then tackled a short descent into a crazy cave.13-_DSC0359 1-_DSC0336Inside, we found lots of shrines and offerings from Buddhist followers.12-_DSC0356We also bonded with our very enthusiastic tour guide.14-_DSC0362We 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 ๐Ÿ˜‰06-_DSC0302Because we were wearing shorts, we weren’t allowed inside! Whoops.08-_DSC0310Any Chronicles of Narnia readers out there? This reminded me of Aslan.07-_DSC0303Not 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.15-_DSC0384It’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.16-_DSC0386Luckily I survived — and made it home just in time for a date with Anthony!17-_DSC0409The highlight of my day was when the waitress said I was Vietnamese enough to roll my own rice paper rolls.

I need some practice, but I think I did a pretty good job!18-_DSC0414Now we are off to Singapore. Happy Friday!

  • Have you ever been hiking?
  • Are you afraid of heights?
  • What was the last compliment you received?
  • Bonus: tell me about your run today!

3 thoughts on “running, boating, hiking, and rolling

  1. At least you know if you get stuck on that mountain you’ll have plenty of chocopies to eat. Looks like you guys are having so much fun! I have been hiking, in fact I’m going tomorrow! It’s supposed to be in the 60’s waaaah. I’m not afraid of heights, I don’t know what compliment I’ve received lately and I’m going to go for a run after work I think!

  2. I love hiking but don’t get to do it nearly enough. The kids aren’t big enough to really get into it yet.

    The last compliment I received was that my hair looked nice. This week was the first time in a year and a half that I left the house w/o a hat and it was received really well. Really made me feel good:-)

    No run today. I’m racing on Sunday.