Jill and I were definitely feeling the heat as we entered the valley.
Luckily, there was a wonderful little stream running through the middle of it and enough trees to cool us down.
We had prepared and had on light clothing and a minimum of gear.
At this point, we were only really carrying our camera, my iPhone (to use as a camera) and a few other things.
We tend not to buy stuff so we don’t need to carry much or have a lot of extra gear to carry around when we go traveling the world.
It really does make life easier as our choices are limited to what we really need compared to what we want.
As we trekked through the valley, our guide Sibel told us stories of the people that used to live there and what they went through on a day to day basis.
We also talked to our new friends from Colombia about where they had been, where they are going, and what they have enjoyed so far.
We were able to expand our knowledge by being friendly, open, and good tourists.
Jill and I try to be good tourists as much as possible. People from the USA have received a pretty harsh label as bad tourists and we do our best to make up for it. We tend to tip well, really pay attention to the guides and what other people are saying, and find ways to connecting and showing that we care about the culture we are a part of at that moment.
We also just enjoyed the peace and quiet of being in this gorgeous valley and having nature underfoot, and all around us, after being in Beijing for the past year.
I once was told, when I was young, that if I ever feel down, I could go hug a tree. This person was a psychic, and I don’t believe psychics actually have any ability to tell the future or anything like that, but she was a Marin hippie also and probably realized that being in Nature is more important than most of us think. And, as crazy as it sounds, hugging a tree is incredibly calming and relaxing. It is sort of like meditation. So, being in nature like this, after being in Beijing, really made a difference in both Jill’s and my attitude and appreciation of life.