Day 15: Day Two: Still Living

Day two of hiking was far better than yesterday. For one, we didn't have all our camping supplies strapped onto our backs. Today's trip was from the temple we're living at, to the top of the mountain (or a part of it, anyways), and back. With only our lunch, etra clothes, and water bottle, the load was signifigantly lighter, and on the 5 hours easier to hike. Everyone found a hiking stick, and those also helped ease the use of energy going both up and down the mountain. On the way we saw bamboo, pine needles, ice, snow, pine needles, pine trees, and did I mention pine needles? Anyways, we reached the top at around 5 hours on the clock. There while enjoying the glorious view of 3150 meters above sea level, we snacked on a special treat that each of us brought aa a reward for ourselves. However, with heavy mountain winds blowing hard, we couldn't stay for long. With a final look at the amazing view, we began out (slightly) faster decent back down. I can't believe that Microcampus is already over half way through. Our three day hike ends tomorrow with the final hike down, and then it's back to interaction within Xizhou, and fufilling what we planned to go in the beginning of the journey. With all our hiking sticks safely in storage, tomorrow will mark the end of a long physical and mental challenge.

Hey, my name is Katherine. I was born in Michigan, USA, moved to Shanghai for around two years, and currently reside back in Michigan. I'm 13 years old, and I no longer attend SAS Pudong. My friends and I enjoy drawing, and just joking around. Hobbies and interest of mine include drawing and preparing for my future (haha). A goal of mine was to stabilize my drawing style based on learning and reflecting in Yunnan. Xizhou was such a beautiful place and rich with culture and colors. The people who lived there were genuinely interested to meet us, and often happily asked us for lunch or dinner with them. It's one thing to visit a place as a tourist, but it's completely different when you live in the area for a month and try to reach out towards everyone in the local community. The time I've spent in Xizhou not only helped me to think and know outside of the Shanghai bubble, but also exposed me to the wonders of nature. The three day hike was spent close to nature, and every night was a spectacular night show of stars never seen in Shanghai. The 28 days have ended much too quickly, and the experiences have changed the way I know and perceive life.