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The Great Wall

Monday, August 10, 2009

The Great Wall; need I say more! This morning had an early rise and tent pack up. We then ate breakfast with toast and eggs. Two guides and a doctor met us at the base of the Wall and we started our Adventure. I believe myself to be in pretty good shape; but WOW! Our trek was through an exclusive part of the Wall. Not a part that was remade to be nice and even and pleasing to walk along. We trekked and hiked straight up peaks to reach the crest of a fort. There we had reached our starting point. We scaled walls, climbed mountains, explored 40 forts in our path, weaved through corn fields and thick underbrush, and hiked for 5-6 hours. The weather was cool and perfect; but the air was a bit thin. Throughout the trek, we had guides leading the way and water stations to make sure we were ready to press on. It was the greatest hiking Adventure that I have ever witnessed. Not only were we actually hiking and sweating and exhausted; we were looking at some of the greatest views known to the Ancient World. We scanned over the beautiful terrain as we trekked! It was one of the greatest moments of my life! Yes; I scaled and climbed the Great Wall of China!

3 comments:

Judy Uhrig said...

That will be hard to top!

Karen Wells said...

I'm sure you have already read the student blogs to get their reflections on hiking the Great Wall. If you haven't, take the time to read them. You will realize what a tremendous impact this adventure had and will continue to have on them. I know most of us have already told you, but thanks for giving the students and teachers on DSA Australia, South Africa, and China enough memories to last a lifetime. I spent part of today reliving memories with some of my students who are gearing up for their next adventure. Karen Wells DSA South Africa

Changing Connections said...

Scaled, climbed, hiked, 6-7 hours with views of the ancient world--the Great Wall of China must rank as an unsurpassed feat in your life. Congratulations on achieving such a momentous goal. You must be very physically fit.


RJ Stangherlin
PA DEN Leadership Council Blog Coordinator

Essential Programs Details

Duration 15 days
When August 1st - 14th, 2009
Focus History/Culture
Martial Arts
Modern/Ancient Architecture