Hello there friends, family, and loved ones!
Fun was had by all today. We hiked up to the Tiger’s Nest Monastery, which, as you can see from the photos, is spectacularly situated on the side of a cliff just outside Paro. The climb was just under 3,000 feet, at first through lush forest to a viewpoint, then up and down 900 stone steps to the monastery itself. Blue skies with light cumulus clouds were a great backdrop for the views of the monastery as we walked the trail. There were lots of wildflowers and mushrooms along the side of the trail, and a cool yellow-billed magpie (its tail was over 12 inches long) landed nearby during one of our rest breaks. Our local guide, Pema, gave us a tour of the monastery complex and then we all received a blessing for a safe trip from one of the monks.
Bhutan’s national sport is archery – people are playing it everywhere here — and so on our way back to town, we decided to give it a try. We found an archery range, dressed up in traditional garb (why not?!) and went for it. Very Fun. Deborah is an unbelievable shot!
Tomorrow we leave Paro to start the trek. We won’t have internet from here on in, and so we will continue our cybercasts by satellite phone. Stay tuned!
Vern and Carole