And Then There Were Monkeys

While on Mt. Emei, we went into part of the mountain famous for housing its Tibetan Macaques.  We had to cross a swinging “rope” bridge to get there~

We spotted this little guy right after getting to the other side!

A mom and her baby <3  So cute!

And suddenly, monkeys in the walkway!

And a baby monkey on my head!  :)  He was so adorable; this was so much fun!


A trip to 峨嵋山 part two:

Our plan was to ride to the highest point possible of the mountain, hike the rest of the way to the summit, and then hike back down, all over the course of two days. Easy way out, you say? I dare you to say that to my achy calf muscles’ face!

When we woke up the next morning, it was still pouring rain. Although I didn’t have much waterproof gear, especially waterproof shoes, (check out my cool blue booties I bought to keep the rain out [or not]) we weren’t going to let that stop us. We decided the night before that we would hike rain or shine. But, there was a third possibility we had quickly brushed aside as wishful thinking earlier in the week: snow. Emei Shan is over 10,000 feet high; there’s no telling why we didn’t give the possibility that there might be snow more serious consideration…

As you can see from the pictures, our ride up took us right into the middle of a snow storm - for which I was pathetically under-prepared. Luckily, I had some extra layers to throw on, and covered my feet not only with those dapper plastic blue booties, but I also donned plastic bags inside of my shoes over my socks, as was advised by the outdoor queen, Amy herself. I sure was a sight for sore eyes (psyche).

Despite the numb feet and the sometimes painfully slow foot traffic up to the summit, the scenery was unmatched. Every inch was covered in a fresh dusting of snow, and at 3,099 meters, we were above the clouds. We even got to see the spring-blooming pink flowers we had read about before the trip, still thriving in the cold.

It was a beautiful day, and we ended it with the first leg of our descent as we searched for monastery in which we could spend the night and retreat from the cold.