Just flying into China was a treat!
The Forbidden City was beautiful even from the airplane!
I was so floored by the The Great Wall that I was unable to center my camera. I was too awestruck!
Soon after landing however, I did realize that the “easy ” trip was too good to be true. I met with my liaison in China and discovered that the photos needed were from tombs…meaning they were hidden in the tombs.
I stocked up on supplies and then I headed to Dragon’s Cave. I wasn’t going to back down now. I’d spent all of my family’s money to come here and make them proud.
After a long hike up the mountain, I found the hidden door leading deep into the earth. If only I knew what I was getting myself into before I went in there!
Getting the photos was some of the hardest work I’ve ever done in my life! I had to push and pull statues!
After moving the statues I had to disarm electricity traps.
I had to search out hidden doors.
I fought off bugs and terrible creepy crawlies. It was awful.
I sat on the edge of a dive well and sobbed.
“WHAT AM I DOING HERE!?”
I spent all of our money…for this…torture?!
Finally I came to the door with the panel I was looking to find. The keystone I was given fit. I had made it.
I got the photo they wanted. That was it. The fire traps, the statues, and the end of the tomb. It was worth it.
After spending two and a half days in the tombs I was able to spend my last few hours in China shopping for souvenirs for my family.
It was wonderful getting home. That is the last crazy photo excursion I take.