|Luang Prabang (bottom of map) to Nong Khiaw (designated by letter B, top right of map).|
With Luang Prabang falling behind us, the highway began to snake its way through the countryside. As we drove, the full majesty and beauty of the Annamese Mountains became quickly and readily apparent. Shrouded in lush vegetation, these natural edifices began to surround us and tower over us, which were simply an awesome sight to behold.
|Main street in Ban Nong Khiaw|
|View of Nong Khiaw from Sop Houn|
Our first priority in Nong Khiaw was to visit the local school, where Steve Rutledge was to distribute five water purification filters that day. The second priority was to load two trucks with fifty water filters for the trip to the village of Phonsavan, which was the following day.
|Steve Rutledge assembling one of the water filters.|
After the demonstration the students, teacher, and officials went outside to have their photographs taken with the water filters.
|Students, teacher and education minister pose with water filter.|
As part of the photo op that day, Steve Rutledge posed with the education minister (on the left) and the Nong Khiaw school teacher (on the right) below.
Before we headed over to our guesthouses to check in, we had one brief stop to make. Steve had to drop off a water filter for Khamdee's brother, who is living in a dorm not too far from the school. When I saw the place in which he lived, I was absolutely shocked.