China Once, China Twice

What I had never planned to do

Mt Huashan and Gump June 8, 2010

Mt Huashan

Mt Huashan is east of Xi’an, added on to my first trip.  As one of the sacred mountains in China, I wanted to see it.

The most difficult part of this post, was deciding which photos to display.

In general, I seldom “photo shop” my photos.  I will crop, but I don’t get fancy attempting to create the perfect picture.

Some of these photos will show haze in the background.  Well folks, that’s real life, it was hazy at parts.  I won’t pretend it was all crystal clear.

Yet, I can tell you with absolute certainty, I felt peace, calm and at home on top of Mt. Huashan.

Gump was my assigned guide.  He was surprised when we arrived, had never been there without facing a long waiting line for the cable car ride up.  He seemed a little nervous.  I noticed it took awhile for him to get the cable car ride  tickets.

When he came back, Gump told me he was afraid of the cable car ride.  I never told him that I wasn’t real thrilled about it either.

Instead, the two of us got into a cable car and I held his hand.  I talked the entire, very long ride up.  I had Gump looking up at the breath-taking mountains, the trees, the sky, everything looking up was beautiful.  His hand tightened over mine each time our car did a little bump over a cable link.  I never stopped talking.  I made sure Gump was always looking up, never down.  Gump was precious to me.  He was real, he had fears, he was human.

In every country, we may look different, speak different languages but we are all real people.  We each have our own fears.

Click on the  photos to enlarge.  We were very high in the sky.

I would do it again in a heartbeat.


The cable car

My precious Gump

Trees on the way up

Going up

It was magnificent

Do not look down