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Yumenguan, Part 2

Even though The Ig and I had seen plenty-o-wall by the time we hiked west from  Yumenguan (Jade Gate Pass), seeing it again as it is out here was a real rush. 

First, however, we had to somehow get past this rogue pack of donkeys.  Oooh, don’t let their cute, fuzzy faces fool you; they were foaming at the mouth and mad with rage as you can see in the photos below. 

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There wasn’t a whole lot out there to look at,

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until, that is, we came across our first bits of wall. 

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The mounds in the photos below might look like just dirt to yoos, but baby, it’s wall!

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Below, you can see the still-intact bits peeking up from the mound.

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Here’s two ancient relics lying side by side.

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We came across some unusual terrain out there.  Dubbed The Swamp, it was like being fly-sized and trying to cross a fossilized vat of cottage cheese. 

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The wall can barely be seen running up the hill in the distance, and after I took this photo I realized we were walking on what remained of this section of wall.  Almost completely destroyed, we scurried to the side so as not to damage it any further.  

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This might be wall,

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but this probably isn’t.

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We were after wall in the distance,

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and once we got there, we’re far from disappointed.  I am, however, disappointed I didn’t get a picture of Ig and I carving, “Ig and James wuz here” in the wall.

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We weren’t sure if these were fort remains, but I snapped a few pics anyhoo.

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Here’s something exciting; finding the wall by it’s tell-tale straw lines.

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Here’s that pesky fence we climbed under and failed to mention at our “interrogation.”

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It looked like fort remains beyond the fence, but we didn’t think so once we arrived.

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Off we tramped, because we could see a beacon tower off in the distance.

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First, however, we had to cross another Swamp.

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Although I fell and twisted my ankle, the payoff was huge.

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Here’s a buncha beacons off in the distance.

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We’re not sure whether these lumps of straw were part of the wall, a fort, or something else, but it’s quite impressive it’s still around.

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And here, once again, are the tell-tale straw lines of the wall…soooo cool!

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I might look dejected sitting here eating my trail bar for dinner, but I can assure you I was in Nirvana swaddled in the warm sun and remains of the nearby wall.

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These photos of the moon,

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and stars

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might not look like much, but they were taken on a regular camera; without the light pollution they actually showed up.

Here we are at the Jade Gate Pass.  Notice I’m questioning what’s left of my sanity and putting a handgun to my head.

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Here’s the road outta Yumenguan.

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And on the main road heading into Dunhuang.

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And a few between Dunhuang and Jiayuguan.

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I’d always wanted to see a field of windmills, but I never imagined it’d be in China’s desert.  Notice the new and the old in the 2nd photo.

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And last but not least, a few more lonely remains.

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