I wanted to post a picture about this lovely young lady. She is a Hmong mountain guide who came to our home stay to take a group out. While all the hikers were getting ready with their gear, hiking boots, backpacks, water etc. we chatted and I asked for permission to take this picture.
I would like you to pay attention to her shoes. These simple plastic sandals are often all that the locals wear on the steep and slippery trails (and children frequently go barefoot). Simple simple simple.