Our tour guide told us about this place and we could see the statue’s top when he took us to his home on Thunder Mountain. We decided we needed to see it up close and personal. So we did. This was a short hike but a beautiful place as well. There were pretty things along the way, not only in nature but things placed by people.
Once we got to the top a guy was leading a lady through a guided meditation, so we kept quiet. The kids even honored that and didn’t throw any rocks. That was something they’d enjoyed doing on all of our other hikes. There are two shrines. One is very large and another one down another path that is much smaller. There’s also a gigantic Buddha. It’s pretty cool. My friend rested at the guided meditation site so I walked the kids to the smaller shrine.
I told the girls to pick up some pretty glass droplets that littered the area and make an offering since I didn’t want to leave gum. Some people had done that. They’d left chewed gum at that. They’d also left flowers, jewelry and other trinkets. It was interesting to see what people had left there. The views here did not disappoint either. This area was a bit different though as there were a lot of green pine trees. They were lovely against the red rocks that’s for sure. We left this wonderful place and headed back to our hotel for a long soak in the hot tub and the pool. I was dreading the next day, as we would have to leave this magical place.