16 KINDERGARTENERS~ Are You Crazy?
Trip Start Jan 04, 2012
23Trip End Jul 01, 2012
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Most of the roads in this area follow the crest of the hills, so there is no straight, only curves and as we approached Fragrant Hills, the road turned from paved single land with very low shoulders to hard pack red clay that is very reminiscent of Georgia. As we were winding through the trees following the narrow track, we were often flanked by very steep drop-offs into seemingly bottomless valleys
On the skyline to the left, I notice a cleared crest on the adjacent hill speckled with a new planting of trees in neat rows like soldiers standing in company formation. Tall and thin, their trunks whitewashed to protect from insects, their crowns are adorned with but a few leaves evidencing their recent transplantation. We make a wide loop 180 degrees and are now bisecting the formation of new plantings on the way to the temporary buildings that serve as the welcoming center and lodging for the workers at fragrant hills. We park our car on the concrete pad and offload our 'stuff' waiting for the arrival of the Children and parents. As this is a typical county-side outing, it involves a 'hike' as we would call it. I estimate the distance at about 5-6 and no more that 10 kilometers from the start of the single lane road to the outpost on the property. The parents and the children are all going to enjoy their walk to join us for a BBQ on the grounds.
Soon the sound of children laughing and playing as they walk or run appear at the crest of the hill we had just traversed
Jing has started two small charcoal fires. Each of the children/parent pairs is given a 'hot dog' cooker that resembles a telescoping car antenna with a two prong fork on the end. All the sausages are precooked, so it's a simple thing to warm them up for the children, the same with the chicken legs.
Jing has disappeared into the kitchen and is preparing some fresh fried rice for Jimbo and others. There are also cold noodles with garlic, chili, green onion that are very good.
Soon after our young pioneers gobble down their lunch, it's time to learn about planting. We make a short trek to a cleared area where one of the workers demonstrates making a furrow and 'drills' for the children to plant radish
The children are running around as the adults start the process of cleaning up and gathering up for the return to Zigong. Jimbo will shuttle the drivers out to their cars so that the drivers can come in to pickup their passengers. It's a tight area and it's almost comical watching the attempts at performing a 3-point turn. None the less, the mission is accomplished and there is lots of waving and goodbyes. We too are loaded up in just a few minutes and are starting our return trip.
On the way back, just before we arrive at Peach Mountain, we detour to inspect the site where we will be celebrating the birthday of Fu Ming, Jimbo's brother-in-law next Saturday. The facility is quite nice, the setting picturesque and the reservations are made. So we will be making the trip up here again next weekend.
Jing deposits us back at our apartment. We are both tired. My fit-bit says we covered 5 kilometers and climbed 16 flights of stairs. Pam makes some hamburgers while I go to RenRen for some sesame buns from the bakery. We are quite hungry and make quick work of the burgers. What a great day. Enjoy the pictures. Zaijian.