Crossing the wrought iron bridge before entering Nongriat village square- the wrought iron suspension bridge was built less than a decade ago when the torrential rains during the notorious Northeastern monsoon caused the river to swell and destroyed the living root bridge. The villagers are in the process of repairing the root bridge, but that may take another 100-150 years to strengthen enough to bear the weight of an adult.
In comparison, I suppose it would be easier to put up wrought iron bridges everywhere or build sturdier ones using concrete for people to use, but then how would the people of Nongriat teach their children the importance of being selfless, and respecting nature and the earth? By building the first living root bridges some 200 years ago, the forefathers of the current living generation bestowed a gift upon the children of their children. In spite of their limited resources, they applied thought and physical labor, carefully weaving the roots of live trees, nurturing them and strengthening them, knowing fully well that they would never reap the benefits of their labor in their lifetime. In my opinion, it was an act of true love. Not the kind in fairy tales, but the true love of real people who had no armies and castles, just selfless intentions and the willingness to live in harmony with nature.
Old Town Sacramento “Tower Bridge”, which is a staple to Sacramento California’s history. This is definitely a great place to visit with lotsa shopping and food. This pic was taken from an iPhone and in-edited...