My pack sat heavy on my shoulders as I set off along the road, squinting up against the sun to see the path snake up the hillside. It would be a tough hike, that first day at Tiger Leaping Gorge, but not an overly long one. I’d decided to spend two nights in the Gorge, so I was in no rush. It would be a mere 2.5 to 3 hours to my first stop, and I was perfectly fine with that.
I wish that all of nature’s magnificence, the emotion of the land, the living energy of place could be photographed.” – Annie Leibovitz
Day One at Tiger Leaping Gorge
I’d just come from the Old Town of Lijiang and — while I’d enjoyed the cultural and historical experience — was keen for a return to Nature and her blue skies.