this is going to take forfrigginever...especially with almost a thousand photos. not going to bother running the photos through any post-processing. i would not know what to do anyway.
Perusing the airport bookstore and found this:
|Vietnamese STUFF! Too bad it had a total of 4 photos of models.|
|Quintessential look-outside-the-plane-and-take-a-photo shot.|
|Our first meal - won ton noodle soup.|
|Some bridge leading to some place in the middle of some lake.|
|Train station to Lao Cai (to SaPa)|
|My first ride on a train! Best night of sleep the whole trip; no lie!|
Arrival to and first trek through SaPa: somewhere south.
|View to the left of our telly...|
|and to the right.|
|"Hey, Tin, what does that say?"|
(Trying to spook them): "I have no idea. Probably a cemetery!"
|Oh, I was right...|
Finished with our mini-trek south, we head back to town for lunch and then onto the next village.
|Mmmm, fish & chip soup.|
|Trekking through Cat Cat Village.|
|Random BALLER house in Cat Cat Village.|
|Piglets sniffin through the muddy mudsss lookin' for grubby grubsss.|
|Pigs & ducks know how to party. Recuperating after a rager, I'm sure.|
|Stairs to the waterfall? Don't mind if I do!|
|Made it to Tien Sa Waterfall!|
|Tin, Jennifer, Rhona, Mike|
|Power up with some bird's nest?|
|Bia Ha Noi! That's more like it.|
|Bamboo bridge or bamboo wind instrument that a giant dropped?|
Why not both?
|After a long day of walking a bunch: mountain goat!|
|And a banana & chocolate crepe for dessert.|
Beginning of our first full day hiking up the Roof of Indochina, the highest peak in Indochina.
|Before the clouds roll through.|
|Our route: |
Day 1: Nui Xe -> Rhodod endron forest -> Site 2,200m -> High bamboo forest -> Site 2,800m for the night
Day 2: Roof of Indochina! 3,143 m -> down to site 2,800m -> sleepover at camp 2,200m
Day 3: Tea forest -> Rhodod endron forest -> Sin Chai village -> DONE!
|Our crew: Porters Bao & Su, beastin' it up the mountain in slippers!|
|Rhona & her sweat scarf from Paris.|
|Through the river or the mud? Decisions decisions...|
|Jennifer chooses rock. Clever girl!|
|I made my own multi-colored shirt. Just add sweat.|
|Crying from the grueling hike!|
|Bao trying to block out the crying.|
|Cat and dog playing Cat & Dog.|
|Unknown critter #1|
|Onward we go.|
|The lovely view on the way up|
|Mike admiring the lovely view.|
|Ladder, fuck yes.|
|"How should we pose?"|
|Spookiest portion of the hike. Chopped that sucka down for blockin' me. |
Delicious toothpick it was.
|Home for the night.|
|Kitchen on the left!|
|Dinner was a feast. Garlic fries were unexpected but definitely welcomed.|
|Stretchin' dem muskulls.|
|Chillin' out by candlelight. Cutes.|
|Good night, moon.|
Day 2: To the peak we go!
|Above the clouds...|
|Tired, beat, pooped, etc etc.|
|I Shark<3 SJ! Reppin' it, yo!|
|I had fun figuring out ways to defile the peak.|
|Posing with our porter and his knife!|
|Most of the view, unfortunately.|
|Stupid people defiling the peak (carvings, scratches, stickers, gum... boooo)|
|Part-time peak model, dintchuknow?|
|Falling, but not really. Duh.|
|Our descent started with a staring contest.|
|Spoiler: no one wins. Staring contests are silly.|
|Back to camp for lunch & break before we continue our descent.|
|Road leading to Lai Chau province, into China!|
|Had our own version of Tough Mudder: VN!|
|Rhona trying to seduce me into carrying her pack or something.|
|Smoke break for Su. |
Makeshift water bong to smoke his "Thuốc lào", up to 9x more nicotine than regular tobacco.
|Town of SaPa from near the peak of Fansipan.|
|Biggest smiles they could muster.|
|Too cute. What could this be an ad for?|
|Rhona doing a smell test. |
News flash, girl: 3 days without showering, you stink. Trust.
|Random mountain water buffalos (oxen?). It and I were going back & forth with our mating calls.|
|Su, in his slippers, washing his legit water pipe/bong.|
Final day: final trek down!
|Just some wild horsies.|
|Unknown critter #2. Pretty.|
|I also created my own multi-colored pack. Add more sweat!|
|Orphanage (or school?) growing veggies.|
|Rhona picked me some flowers to keep the horse (made by Bao) busy.|
|Someone likes corn!|
|Oh, of course.|
|Waking up everyday, steeping out to your front/back yard. Yeah, pretty much awesome.|
|I see potential pork!|
|I got 99 problems but this bridge ain't one! |
Seriously, it was really safe. We crossed it successfully.
|Left of bridge.|
|Right, down stream.|
|Lunch picnic on a bridge.|
|Unwrapping our rice!|
After lunch, I wanted to get some work in to aide in my digestion, so I asked our porter to see if we could harvest some rice. That's right: we got knee-deep in the rice paddies and got to crack some skulls with a sickle!
Watch us in action!
|Black H'mong farmer for all of 2 minutes.|
|Harvest that rice, girl!|
|They enjoyed watching us doing it all wrong.|
|What it was supposed to look like...|
|My first mud bath pedi!|
|Shading the seat from the day's sun. Smort!|
|Looking back and saying good bye.|
|Horse & flowers wilting from the heat.|
|Finished! Picked up at Sin Chai village and vanned back to town :D|
|Armin van Buuren playing in the van. Srsly, haha.|
Final day in SaPa: renting motorbikes and cruisin' through the wind-y mountains. Morning snack: Soft-Shell Crab Pringles!
There's a video recorded of our ride through the mountain. I'll add it in later.
|After a drive through the mountains, we arrived at Silver Waterfall!|
|Showing off my farmer's tan.|
|Part-time rock model also.|
|The quickest (and deadliest) way down the watefall.|
|She really wanted a bath...|
|so in she went!|
|Normal photo turned into frightened photo as the person taking our photo was about to fall down the waterfall.|
After cruising around for a few hours, we return to SaPa and treat ourselves to some delicious Indian food for lunch. I couldn't help noticing the hilarious descriptions for their wine. Not just at this restaurant, but for the most part, all wine descriptions. How pretentious can you get???
|Yumm, essence of pencil lead and tobacco. Exactly what I thought my alcohol was missing.|
|Amalgam of fragrances...|
In our cabin for the night ride back to Hanoi. Just messin' around a bit.
And there you have it! Part 1 complete. 2 or 3 more to go, so give me a few days. I've been doing this for the last 3 or 4 hours. It's 5:30 a.m. and I have to wake up for a bike ride in 2 hours.
also, I just adjusted the blog design. I went back and increased the size of some photos. I always felt they were edited to small, but I'll make them larger from now on. Too lazy to do it one by one, so if anybody knows of a way to set them to a default size when uploaded, holler please.