The Punakha valley of central Bhutan is full of rice paddies. We stopped to say hello to this woman on our walk to the fertility temple on a hill above the paddies. It’s all done by hand and it’s hard work! Planting is done on a “good day” according to astrologers, but harvesting and maintaining the crop are on the schedule of Mother Nature.

We head south of Bumthang province today back towards Paro, arriving in two days. We all plan to hike to Tatshang, aka Tiger’s Nest, a monastery perched high above the valley floor on a cliff and have been getting ready by walking and climbing temple stairs.