We are nearing Chiangqing where we will be disembarking; that happens tomorrow. Currently we are docked someplace where we will have a walking excursion to visit a pagoda. In the past few days, with no internet service, we have come through 5 locks and the three gorges. I can’t believe how tightly the ship is squeezed into the lock area, one can reach out and touch the wall of the lock. The three gorges… stunningly beautiful. It’s a shame the weather has not been conducive for capturing the beauty of it all on film. However, I’m sure there will be some worth posting when I am able to do so. Just as I’m sure there will be a few postings of pictures and no words. 🙂
When we were going through the three gorges, we left this ship and boarded smaller sightseeing vessels. The clouds had been hanging low all day, mist rising from the river. High above eagles were circling and above them, the mountains rose higher and higher. I can easily imagine God resting atop the heights in this beautiful place. I’m sure he is here; I’m sure these are his eagles. Because the midst, fog, and clouds hangs so thick I don’t think anyone’s pictures will be as grandeur as what we witnessed with our eyes. Upon the sides of the mountains the foliage ranged from bamboo to coniferous trees. Some were changing color and were in shades of gold to burning reds. Others were as green as in early spring. Such a contrast! I saw mountain goats and monkeys; I never would have put the two together, but here we are in a land so different from what we had imagined.
The cities we come upon are large with massive skyscrapers and tall apartments. Smog is heavy; mix that with low clouds and mist from the river and it turns into something very ethereal. Right out of a storybook. Having a very active imagination, I envision dragons rising from the waters and breathing fire into the air. Some of the Chinese boats which I have seen have a dragon on the front of the bow. Maybe this has added to my imaginings.
For now, I will sign off as our day is beginning, and the ship is coming alive from a long slumbering night. Thanks for visiting once again. Hopefully the internet will improve as the days pass.