|Driving up the mountain there was already great scenery
|There were blue skies at 6:30am...
|But it started to rain before we went on our hike...thus this poncho
|We weren't able to check in at the Sunny Mountain hotel yet so with not much sleep...
|We headed off on our hike
|To the sights of beautiful rice terraces and mountains
|In every direction
|Not a self portrait for once!
|Capt'n is looking crazier and crazier these days
|Another view of the rice terraces
|We then went to Cat Cat Village of the Black H'mong people
|It was a muddy and slippery hike
|Paul is always one step ahead of me
|We saw some pigs - I was tempted to throw some angry birds at them
|We walked downhill through a bamboo lined walkway
|And made it to the Cat Cat waterfall
|And got to watch a cultural performance
|Pretty flowers and Cat Cat waterfall in the background
|Paul was singing in the rain
|It eventually cleared up after our hike...this is the view from our room
|Also the view from our room
|The sun was setting and we finally decided to head out for some dinner
The next day we had some more hiking to do before another night train! The 4km the day before had nothing on this 6km hilly and steep hike down to the south east of Sapa along the side of Muong Hoa valley to Y Linh Ho village (of the Black H’mong). The final 2km was down to Lao Chai village, through terraced rice fields to Ta Van village of the Dzay minority people.
|We were followed by the Black H'mong ladies
|They would ask our names, where we are from and try to sell us trinkets
|There were a lot of them
|We got to see some really pretty scenery!
|Panoramic shot still doesn't do the view justice
|Paul ahead of me...he says he thinks I'm right behind him but I'm busy taking pics
|Some local kids hanging out
|The baskets were full of trinkets
|We saw more piglets that I thought were really cute
|More beautiful rice terraces
|We had a lot of people on the hike with us to take pictures of us
|More hiking - look how tall Paul is next to the H'mong ladies!
|It wasn't as hot in the mountains as it was in Ha Noi so long sleeves were tolerable - plus no sunburn and less bug bites
|More terraces as far as the eye could see
|I was really scared I was going to fall - it was super steep down this hill
|This is the same hill, looking up
|Tiring but really good hike!
|Pretty waterfalls in the distance
|This poor kid was wobbling all around
|Paul was getting tired of taking so many photos together
|We had to cross this bridge
|Panoramic view as we were crossing the bridge
|The scene to the left of the bridge
|Paul looking out into the middle distance - his favorite thing to do
|This was the view from where we had lunch
|I like how the little girl is looking at Paul
|After lunch we had more walking to do...
|But still more pretty scenes to capture
|More mountains and terraces
|Little house on the prairie
|We also ran into Foghorn Leghorn
|We made it to the train station for another sleepless night
|Night train #2 back to Ha Noi