A Month In China Part 4: Zoige and HuaHu

Just in case you've missed any of the earlier installments you can check them out here:

Part 1

Part 2: Chengdu

Part 3: Jiuzhaigou - Songpan

When we last left off we were spending some quality time hiking around the hills of Songpan in Sichuan Province. Our next stop on the journey was a small stopover town called Zoige (Ruo’ergai in Tibetan). Wrapped up in here is a story about how we almost got stranded in the middle of nowhere with no money because ATMs out in the aforementioned middle-of-nowhere aren't as reliable as in, say, Shanghai (go figure). I won't bore you all with the story now, but if you see me on the street ask me about it and I'll recant the whole tale. I love telling stories, especially if they are about me *smiley face emoji*!

We were only slated to stay in Zoige for one night and hadn't booked a place to stay so when we got there we had to find a place for the night. Fortunately it was pouring down rain so the search, carrying backpacks in a very unfamiliar place where you don't really speak the language, was less than ideal. We found a place, stinky bathroom, and then set off to explore the town a bit. Because of the rain, and since I am a bad photographer, I didn't bring my camera with me (don't ever do that!) which turned out to be a big mistake. As we were walking the rain broke right as we came up on a small monastery on the edge of town. This was our first experience with a Tibetan Buddhist monastery so we were a bit shy at first. But, we were allowed to just walk around, peek in doors, and check out the grounds and the only looks we got were smiles from the monks. Right then we made the decision to come back the next morning cameras in tow.

Cut to "the next morning." The monastery in Zoige, on an overcast, drizzly morning: