We arrived after dark on December 30th. It was about a two hour ride from Ha Noi. This picture was taken on the morning of the next day. We’re just getting on the road to go find some coffee somewhere in the small town outside the park. It was a hazy and really cold day. →
There were poinsettia bushes everywhere. Huge!
After coffee and some breakfast, we headed to Ba Vi.
Looks like the entrance to the Secret Garden!
While taking this next pic, the camera focused on Mike’s hat rather than the scenery…..and I like that. One of my favorite places to be is on the back of a motorbike with my bestest buddy…..
Road companions as we climbed into the mountains……
(Remember, double click!)
“Mom, you’ll never believe it…..
…..today we spotted some Wild Tay on a motorbike….!”
Solid jungle. →
Crazy, crazy vines ~ these were enormous. We thought the ruins in the background might be part of some old settlement or …..? We took a side road here and found….
We were going to a temple, but not this one. It would have been quite a long bike ride and neither of us were up for it. But a beautiful sight, nonetheless.
This is the entrance to the steps to the temple ….oh my…. the steps….
←The rail system you see here is for transporting supplies up to the temple site. No free rides for tourists….!
No, it was all about walking ….up……
….am I getting the message across?
It. Was. A. Hike.
A temple sighting!
….and a view to the other temple across the valley….
The whole time I’d been climbing I was thinking the supplies being brought up were for renovation of an old temple but, as you can see, it’s brand new.
I walked around for a bit and unintentionally walked into what I think was one of the workers’ homes! I apologized profusely, but he was very kind about it and directed me to…….
These were practically vertical. Really steep. I was very grateful for the railings.
…..okay….I won’t torment you with any more pictures of steps. I’m sure you’ve got the idea!
Once finally reaching the top, there was just this simple temple….
….where I saw one of those bells I’m obsessed with.
Of course, now there was the question of down…. I much prefer walking uphill than down. My sprained ankle is obviously feeling better. It doesn’t hurt to stand or put weight on it, but twisting or turning it is still painful….so I took it very carefully. On the way down I noticed this step which had some cement repair work on it….and the repairman’s dog’s paw print, I suppose! Cute!
Anyway, I asked them to pose for me, too and of course, they kindly obliged.
On the way back down hill, we ran into…..er….bad choice of words….we saw more water buffalo. They’re everywhere in the countryside.
All over town we saw these ‘jalopies’ ….at least that’s what we called them. We saw quite a few, but I never had my camera out ’til we saw this one. They reminded us of those cars you see in Dr. Seuss books ~ you know, the ones that make all the squeaky, crazy sounds!
…..I think I hear a Who….→
Finally down the mountainside and warming up by a nice, warm barbecue. It was a really cold day and Mike did great getting us up the mountain and back into town safely. We intended to have a bite to eat before settling in for the evening, but one of the folk at the restaurant had a different idea……
Happy New Year!