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The Rest of the Chinese Snake Story
I had climbed up and down the spires of Zhangjiajie twice, which is twice more than my legs wanted to go.

I foolishly went up one of the spires at sunset trying to get a photo.  I got to the top, and there was no good sunset.  It was still awesome and everything -- just no sunset photo.  And getting up is not easy.  There are little stairs caved into the sides of the mountain that spiral up and through inlaid cave systems.  There is occasional ducking and a lot of worry about slippery bits.

So the time had come to descend.  It was dark. Bear-den dark.  I had a little light on my camera strap (not really a full-on flashlight like I should have had).  I kept it on as I walked back.  It was about a four kilometer back through these spires alone.  I never saw another human, and I didn't expect to see anything -- until I almost stepped on this snake ...

- Trey Ratcliff

Read the rest of the snake story here at the Stuck in Customs blog.

The Rest of the Chinese Snake Story

I had climbed up and down the spires of Zhangjiajie twice, which is twice more than my legs wanted to go. I foolishly went up one of the spires at sunset trying to get a photo. I got to the top, and there was no good sunset. It was still awesome and everything -- just no sunset photo. And getting up is not easy. There are little stairs caved into the sides of the mountain that spiral up and through inlaid cave systems. There is occasional ducking and a lot of worry about slippery bits. So the time had come to descend. It was dark. Bear-den dark. I had a little light on my camera strap (not really a full-on flashlight like I should have had). I kept it on as I walked back. It was about a four kilometer back through these spires alone. I never saw another human, and I didn't expect to see anything -- until I almost stepped on this snake ... - Trey Ratcliff Read the rest of the snake story here at the Stuck in Customs blog.

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