Ok…sorry. That was mean. “Take a hike” is an idiom for leave or get out of my presence. DON’T GO!!! I have things to share!!! HAHA! Anyway, the reason for the title is because I actually went on a hike through the Shaolin mountains yesterday!!! It was such a beautiful day and the weather was perfect for a hike. Plus, who wants to train on a Saturday afternoon. Not me! Hiking up the mountains to a nice mountain spring for a swim was the ideal Saturday afternoon, don’t you think? Here, let me take you on a mini tour around the mountains 🙂
To start off, I should probably stop calling it the Shaolin mountains. The proper name is 嵩山, Song Shan. It is pronounced “Soon San” or “Sōng Shān”. Now I’ll take you through the path:
The path from my school to the mountains was about 3 or 4 km long. Long walk, but totally worth it! I love looking at the mountains on clear days like these! 🙂
Oh and for all of you whips or just plain lazy, there are cable cars that will take you up the mile high mountains. I actually have no idea how high I climbed yesterday…sorry, I was too ready to jump into a mountain spring! I’ve never swam in a spring before! Still, what I do know is that the highest peak is about 5000 ft!! Of course, I didn’t climb that high since it was an afternoon trip lol.
Anyway, I just want you guys to admire the view! It is better in person, but still…nature is beautiful.
Well, this was the final destination! The mountain spring! They called it Wu Long Tan, or 5 Dragon Spring. Not going to lie, I do think these springs have some magic powers or something. I took a dip and all of my aches, soreness, and pains just went away. The cool mountain air mixed with a cool spring on a hot day, #Perfect.
By the way, have you guys ever heard of Tallulah Gorge in Georgia? Well, if you have these reminded me of the sliding rocks there!! It is like a mini waterfall were you just slide from pool to pool!
The other good thing is, the water was so clear!
The swimming hole!! It was a lot deeper than I though. Lord knows how deep, but again I am thankful for whatever magic was in the water that helped heal my body! Anyway, after a fun weekend I’m ready to start the week off right by training hard tomorrow! You guys do the same! Train hard, work hard, and play hard! Thanks again for all of your support 🙂