Friday, October 19, 2007

China Day 28: Great Wall Day

Today Jeff and Kallie went to the Great Wall - they had a fun time. Dan is doing great and is working hard. Tomorrow Heather comes and Sunday Jeff and Kallie come home. I am sure grateful the our children could spend this time with their Dad...


Jeff and I took a trip to the Great Wall today. We knew it would be huge…and it was. What we didn’t know is that there are so many STEEP stairs there. It was hard to climb all the way to the top, but we did it. We had about 2 ½ hours to walk around and spent every one of them going up and down the stairs all over the Great Wall at Juyong Pass. I wish there were a way to tell you exactly how it was…pictures don’t quite do it justice.
It took us about 2 hours to get to the Great Wall, even with a stop at the Jade Gallery on the way. The ride home was long and maybe even miserable. It took us at least 3 hours to get back, since the traffic was so bad. There are 12 million people in Beijing, and I’m pretty sure every one of them was out today between 2:30 and 6. J We felt bad about being gone so long and walked as fast as we could once we got out of the taxi, but when we got here, Dan was just fine in the hospital room. He didn’t seem to be bothered at all that we’d been gone.
That’s about it for now…we have a busy day ahead of us tomorrow. We want to go to the Pearl Market in the morning, then we pick Heather up at the airport in the afternoon. After that we’ll go to Tienanmen Square and the Forbidden City with everyone and maybe hit the Roast Peking Duck for dinner. Hope everyone is well!
Jeff & Kallie

Jeff and Kallie at the Great Wall. This was after we’d already climbed everything behind us in the picture and more.

Funny Chinese to English Translation

Funny Chinese to English Translation

Steep Stairs…but not as steep as some of the others

Funny Chinese to English Translation

The Wall

We really don’t know what they’re trying to say with this.

Jeff on the stairs. Dan’s Physical Therapist keeps trying to get him to lift his knees high and walk. We think the Great Wall would be an excellent place for therapy.


Anonymous said...

Dear Dan, LaNae, and family,

We are both excited about Dan's treatment and hopefully it will be what you both want so badly - Dan's ability to move more easily. I have enjoyed the pictures - as an old history buff, and I go in daily to read your updates. Our prayers are certainly with all of you as you are there and as you travel back and forth.

With all our love,

Aunt Della and Arlene

Anonymous said...

Well said.