Saturday, August 12, 2006

The Great Wall

August 12

Today was a physically exhausting day. After breakfast we headed to The Great Wall. Once again the vastness is something words can not explain. The never ending stairs, winding up the mountain side is remarkable. We were determined to make it as high as we could. We had two hours to climb. Steve, Katie and I made it to the first tower. Steve and I forged on higher while Katie stayed with others in the travel group who decided the first tower was enough. Steve and I made it to the second tower (you can see the second tower in the picture above) and two other guys in the group made it to the third. This was an experience. Some steps are very steep and others are not. There were many people also trying to make it up which made it very difficult at times. We were all proud of ourselves for making it as far as we did. Katie called her mom from the first tower of The Great Wall. (see photo)

After The Great Wall we headed over to the Jade Factory. This explained the process of how jade is carved and how to identify the real stuff from the fake stuff. We bought a few items there.

We then had a great lunch in the restaurant attached to the Jade Factory. The food was good and plentiful. I snuck in what may be one of my last naps for a while before we headed out to the Chinese acrobat show and then to an absolutely delicious dinner at a very fancy restaurant.
Laura (another mom in our travel group,) Katie and I then ventured out on our own in search of a stroller for Laura’s older daughter. We bought one for Sophia seeing we don’t know how easy it will be to find in Chongqing. Beijing is so safe. We felt totally comfortable on the streets. Our guide wrote down the address for us and after asking about three people we found were we needed to be.
Well, it has been a very long day and I am falling asleep as I type this. Time to get to sleep.


Anonymous said...

Wow, guys I am so happy for you all. This has been a long time coming and I am glad fro you all. I miss you all very much. Enjoy!!!
Ryan, says hi Katie.
Love, Sherry

Anonymous said...

Anne, Steve, and Katie!

Thanks so much for keeping me up on your incredible experiences! I can't wait to read/see more, especialy when you finally meet Sophia! I am so glad that your trip is going so well (although it sounds hot) Will look at your postings often! Love Ya!!!

Abbie :-)

Anonymous said...

We went up to see Nick today and heard about Katie's call from The Great Wall... how many 10 year old young women can say they did that! It is so great that you all are having such an obviously wonderful time... and soon even more wonder... Sophie!! We can't wait to read your next posting.
Love, Mom/Grandma Bev
Anne... you are a great writer!

Anonymous said...

Wow, you are soaking in the culture. I would love to go back to China with you someday. I know I would love the culture, the shopping, the food, etc. A little more than 24 hours before you have Sophia forever!! I know I am not going to be able to sleep tomorrow, because I will be thinking of you guys all night. I will be checking for pictures first thing in the morning. This is your last day without a baby, you better get another nap!! Love, Linda (Auntie)

Anonymous said...

We are all thinking about you, and loving reading your beautiful accounts.. the pictures are nice to look at as well! We know tomorrow you meet Sophie, and we already know how lucky you all are...
I'm thrilled Steve's back is doing well (still able to climb!) and proud to hear about how wonderful Katie is doing. Anne, you really should publish this blog, it is a joy to read. I love how the quilt turned out..and look forward to seeing tomorrow's post! We are ecstatic for the entire family!
With love and kisses,
Andrea, Jim and Michael

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