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Cu Chi Tunnels. No color here   10 comments

The port was Phu My, Vietnam. The excursion took us to the Cu Chi Tunnels. I recommend that you go to this link to get more detail. Cu Chu Tunnels

Seeing and exploring the tunnels left us shaking our heads. There was no way the war could have been won against this connection of tunnels so small only the Vietnamese, smaller than Americans, could easily crawl through them.

Amazingly there were also underground rooms large enough to serve as hospitals, weapons storage, or eating areas.

If you read the link, you’ll see how miserable it was for the warriors who spent days in the tunnel, emerging at night to tend their own land. You’ll also see how miserable it became for the Americans and our allies, as well as for the decimated land.

Great efforts were taken, of course, to hide the tunnels. For example, here’s a fake termite mound that concealed the opening for air to enter the tunnel.

Fake Termite Mound

We tourists were invited to explore a section made somewhat larger so we could go through it. I’m including some photos, taken with my camera, of the experience in the tunnel. I could pretend I took them, but my parents implanted in me much too severe a superego, so I can’t lie. I have to confess that, Doug’s camera being too large to cart along safely, it was  my little one that went into the hole with him. I saw no need to duck walk through a tunnel.

Anyway, here’s part of the series that Doug took, starting with the folks in front of him entering the tunnel.

Entering Tunnel

And going deeper.

Deeper into tunnel

And the folks behind him emerging.

Exiting Tunnel

With the camera back in my hands, I got a very poor quality photo of a guide demonstrating the entrance into the tunnel. Arms up to make himself small enough. Some of the folks in our tour group tried it themselves. (I didn’t.)

On The Way Down

And finally, the entrance concealed.

Tunnel concealed

No, not a colorful day. But after the Cu Chi visit we had lunch at a very pleasant restaurant on the shore of the Saigon river. I was fascinated with the quiet beauty of a row of greenery flowing rapidly downstream. That’s what I chose as the header for this presentation. I’m also including the full photo here.

Greenery on the Saigon

So the excursion ended peacefully, with thoughts lingering of the futility of war.

I promise the next stop I’ll share will be much more colorful.

p.s. I’m quite sure you can increase the size of any photo by clicking on it.

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