Day 16: Three-Day Hike Day 3: The Last Glimpse of HuaDianBa
Now back to what I said before in journal 15 about XiaoHuaDianBa. Yes indeed, we camped outside.
On our way back to the farmhouse inn from XiaoHuaDianBa, we spotted a wondrous campsite and decided to camp there for the night. This campsite was a valley in between XiaoHuaDianBa and DaHuaDianBa. It was a prairie- everywhere you look there were vast endless yellowy fields. It was the ideal place for us to camp, except for the numerous piles of yak, sheep and mule poop covering almost 1/4 of the land. Eight brave souls set up the tents for all of us, while the rest of us cozied up next to the furnace at the farmhouse.
After dinner around 8:30, we hiked to our "campsite" in the dark. It took a lot longer to get there in the dark than it was to get back in the light. Once we arrived, we had a little tour of the campsite and the tents, then we settled in and went straight to bed.
Nike and I shared a tent that was a little secluded from the others. As soon as we were in our tent, we took out our sleeping mats and sleeping bags. As I laid it out onto the chilly ground, I felt two rock-like things under my back. It was rather uncomfortable and with that sentence, it describes the overall sensation of the night.
At around 2 in the morning, I woke up due to the loss of feeling to my toes. I decided to wear all the clothing I brought on this expedition to keep me warm. I added 2 T-shirts, a layer of pants, and another pair of socks. In total, I was wearing a tanktop, 3 shirts, 2 jacket, 2 pants, and 2 socks. I was at least a bit warmer now.
In the morning, we woke up at 7:30 to the sound of T's beautiful opera about Alpenliebe. Nike and I packed our tents despite the fact that we could no longer feel our fingers. As we were waiting for Jason and Ethan to finish packing, a gigantic herd of sheep came our way. They were all so fluffy and adorable. It was the second time I saw sheep, but this was the first time I saw sheep in nature. I was amazed at how many sheep there was. They were just grazing along, giving us the occasional baa every once in a while. T started making his ridiculous puns about sheep to cheer us up :D. I do not know how he can make so many puns up right on the spot.
After our filling breakfast, we headed back to Dali. The trek back took around 6 and a half hours. On the way back, I would stop and look at my surroundings, trying to capture every last bit of this wondrous scenery.
I am so glad that we voted to hike to HuaDianBa instead of hiking to somewhere else. This was most definitely a once in a life time chance for me, and I'm really pleased that I was able to share this memory with my fellow microcampus people. :D:D