Saturday, March 30, 2013
Monday, March 25
Nina had warned us. The beds on the ship are FIRM. I kept waking up with aching hips so had to try to get comfortable all night. Woke up aching all over this morning. Dan had me take Naproxin which has helped. I finally was able to breathe through my nose all night! So, the worst of the cold should be over.
We went to the top deck this morning to see the landscape. It is beautiful but the area is foggy. We can still see the shapes of the mountains surrounding us in the Xi-Ling Gorge (one of The Three Gorges). Even though the mountain sides are steep, there are homes and farms by the river. People just do what they need to do to survive no matter where they live.
Nothing is scheduled for this morning other than breakfast. So I am taking time to catch up blogging. There are options: a hike and a movie. Larry came by and told us there will be another hike in a couple days so I’m opting for that one.
After lunch, we all climbed on another bus and were taken to the Three Gorges Dam. Unfortunately, the weather did not cooperate – it was foggy and raining. I took several pictures of the pictures that were there so we could “see” the dam. It is the world’s largest hydroelectric dam (not the largest of all). It is the same length as the Golden Gate Bridge and more than twice as high. It only provides enough electricity for 1/10th of the country’s needs. There are plans for five more dams on the Yangtze River.
This evening we went through the five locks of the Three Gorges Dam in order to continued our journey along the Yangtzee. Eventually we docked for the night.