May 11 –It’s up and early to catch the bus to Huangshan, China’s most famous mountain! The one immortalized in those scroll calligraphy paintings, with the craggy cliffs, acute angles and clouds below the summit. Vêtements Nike Pas Cher I’ve assiduously packed as little as possible, because there’s said to be much climbing, but at the last minute I add another five pounds because I decide I need my laptop, for skype, mostly.

I meet 5 young students on the bus, a couple of whom speak English. This turns out to be very fortuitous, because they’re hiking up the mountain, which I want to do, but virtually everyone else takes the cable car and I wouldn’t have the cojones – or whatever they’re called in China – to hike it by myself. Maglia James Harden Too much chance of being injured and just … laying there. Michael Strahan Jersey Or making a wrong turn and being found six months later in Tibet.

It’s three hours of virtually all uphill, step by steep step. Asics Tiger damskie This is probably where Mao got his “ journey of a 1,000 miles begins with a single step” aphorism, because it feels like it at times. Maglia Clyde Drexler Also, it’s raining on and off, which, while not slippery, does make the trek seem more treacherous. Still, I’m game because as the girl, Summer, says, “It’s no fun on the cable car. nike cortez bambini You are there in 8 minutes.” I agree. You miss out on the whole experience of how high and powerful the mountain is.

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    I try to walk up fast, as I always do, because my hiking philosophy is similar to someone who drives fast because they want to get to their destination before they run out of gas. Nick Marshall – Auburn Tigers Jerseys adidas nmd hombre There are a hundred steps at a time, it seems –but I do it, laptop and all. adidas yeezy boost 550 hombre Must be over 1,000 by the end. nike air zoom pegasus 32 hombre On the way up, the group keeps asking if I’m ok, because of my age. adidas stan smith donna Chaussures Nike I keep boot-camp training in the forefront of my mind. oakley pas cher I tighten my stomach (core) and buttocks (which I learned in physical therapy) to let these muscles do their work and take some of the burden off my legs and knees, and also keep my shoulders back, so don’t put undue pressure on them or my back.

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    As I get closer to the summit, the skies get clear and there are clouds below, “in” the trees -this is the famous “sea of clouds.” At the top it’s not clear where my hotel is, so I walk up towards Cloud Hotel.

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