Fifty shades of Gray........Earl Gray Tea that is
Trip Start Nov 08, 2012
16Trip End Dec 10, 2012
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Those of you who know me are not going to believe that the "what else" was a trek in the Horton National Park. I survived a 9.5 K nature hike that was supposed to be flat and "easy " with lots of animals, a waterfalls, and a magnificent precipice (900 meters) called World's End. And, I got up at 4:15 am for a very bumpy ride, in an old van, on a narrow road, that had a couple hundred switchbacks, to do this
I was sure I was going to twist an ankle or break a leg on the major rocks on what they called a trail. I was huffing and puffing climbing up, climbing down, feeling each of my 65 years. Quickly out-distancing me, Carmen, who walks miles every week and watches what she eats and never drinks, was doing a SPRINT at the age of 70. Evidently good living does pay off! My goal was to simply finish the hike without hurting myself. About half way through I knew that there was only one way back, there was no helicopter to get me out, vodka waited for me at the hotel and, my husband would be amazed and my children proud. I saw four butterflies, heard one monkey and saw a few deer in the distance. Poo to the wildlife claim. (See the photo Carmen took of me at the last set of steps.)
The scenery at Horton Plains Park was cool though, from what I could tell at the few flat spots when I didn't have to look where to place my next step! In retrospect (always better) the views were pretty and I was tired but, I hadn't hurt myself, so that counts as success, right?
I've attached photos of our visit to a tea factory where we were shown the process of tea production. Interesting. Outside we watched as women did back-breaking work in the fields....... small women lugging these huge bags of tea leaves. Horrible work for poor pay. I asked if all of the pickers were women even though I knew the answer was yes. I asked what part of the process the men did. I was told that they, also, did very hard work. I only observed men being the inspectors or driving the tractors/trucks. So much for any thoughts of Lily Ledbetter in Sri Lanka.