Steps by golftragic

Steps

Steps to one of the entrances to the Vieng Xai caves, a honey-comb of caves in karst country where the Pathet Lao sheltered from constant bombing during the Vietnamese War. I profoundly regret I couldn't climb those steps, they were very slippery and I was due for my first knee replacement as soon as I got home. Despite falling over a few times I did climb some other, less slippery steps and saw a little of the inside of the complex, absolutely fascinating.
That would certainly have been interesting! It's a beautiful sight, but "slippery cement" are two words that don't fit together for a stroll I'd want to take!
December 16th, 2016  
@Weezilou Very wise. I forgot 'uneven'.
December 16th, 2016  
@Weezilou I was six years, three joint replacements and three hip revisions (thank you Johnston&Johnston) ago, ie half a lifetime ago. We only got to see these places thanks to my son's fluency in Lao, local knowledge and contacts. In Phonsavanh he hired a good people-mover, driver, fuel cost and tolls (many) for $US300 for a week for three of us, me, Leroy, and #1 grandson Digby. No tourist nonsense at all. This whole region was closed to foreigners until the late 'oughties.
December 16th, 2016  
Makes for a great image, but a pity you couldn't explore more.
December 16th, 2016  
Beautiful nature taking over and restoring the environment.
December 16th, 2016  
It's a stairway into the beautiful unknown. Lovely
December 16th, 2016  
Lovely shot and very wise not to venture up the slippery steps.
December 16th, 2016  
beautiful
December 16th, 2016  
Beautiful. Makes you want to wander.
December 17th, 2016  
@dide @onewing I was heart-broken, those caves are something I really, badly wanted to see, waving bye-bye to my son and grandson cut me up. But busting my leg/s wasn't going to help anyone or anything, especially in remote Lao.
December 17th, 2016  
December 17th, 2016  
How beautiful! Fav.
December 17th, 2016  
Stunning, Marnie!
December 17th, 2016  
beautiful shot!
December 18th, 2016  
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