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.