Do you know what it’s like to walk across history? Have you experienced standing on the centuries, touching time? There are places on the Earth that I swear are some kind of gateway to the soul of our planet. The Great Wall of China is one of these. You can sense a strange energy coursing through the stone walls and uneven stairways of this ancient monument, an odd sort of memorial to the blood, sweat, and tears of the people who gave their lives to this crazy work of timeless engineering.
I had never climbed a mountain, never had a reason to, until I found myself at the bottom of this wall. It took me nearly two hours to get to the top. It was worth every sweaty, wind-sucking moment. Being at the top of the Great Wall puts the size of things into perspective. Take my word for it: nothing is insurmountable.