Three Gorges – Yangtze River

13 Aug 2007 Three Gorges
Yangtze River –

It was well after dark last night when we arrived on the MS Sunshine. No clue about the name or why – or even if it is a translation of something else.

Originally built in 1994 – allegedly the ship underwent a complete renovation in 2003; could not have told it by the passenger rooms. Even so, you really don’t want to know about the appalling conditions in which the crew (who I would swear were all 18 and younger) lived.

Leaving the port –


You could still see signs of the recent flooding and high water marks along the river.

The morning we cruised down the river – watching the contrast between industry, agriculture, old methods and new.


The girls and I took the afternoon trip up to the Ghost Temple –


Passing through the gates, but deciding to go up by chair lift, since the idea of hiking up 400+ steps in 39°C was not really appealing.


As has happened in each section of this trip – we have our regular tour guide plus someone who is relatively local. I started zoning out rather early in the lecture this time – preferring to wander around and take a few photos –


Heading back down the mountain – I missed the trip to the underworld and more Buddha statues.

But looking down –


I was easily reminded of the population density and how much has been built new in the last 10-15 years.

And yes – the water is actually that brown looking from up closer.


While the ship looked better from afar!


For ships entertainment in the evening – the choices were a fashion show from the crew –

Or watching my own …..



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fiber person - knitter, spinner, weaver who spent 33 years being a military officer to fund the above. And home. And family. Sewing and quilting projects are also in the stash. After living again in Heidelberg after retiring (finally) from the U.S. Army May 2011, we moved to the US ~ Dec 2015. Something about being over 65 and access to health care. It also might have had to do with finding a buyer for our house. Allegedly this will provide me a home base in the same country as our four adult children, all of whom I adore, so that I can drive them totally insane. Considerations of time to knit down the stash…(right, and if you believe that…) and spin and .... There is now actually enough time to do a bit of consulting, editing. Even more amazing - we have only one household again. As long as everyone understands that I still, 40 years into our marriage, don't do kitchens or bathrooms. For that matter, not being a golden retriever, I don't do slippers or newspapers either. I don’t miss either the military or full-time clinical practice. Limiting my public health/travel med/consulting and lecturing to “when I feel like it” has let me happily spend my pension cruising, stash enhancing (oops), arguing with the DH about where we are going to travel next and book buying. Life is good!
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