Got back today from yet another trip, this time to 司马台 (Simatai) and 金山岭 (Jinshanling) two parts of the Great Wall that are nearly connected, but are interrupted by a narrow river. It was just me and my girl Silvy this time, communicating in broken Chinese with the locals, sliding/falling down hills, sweating, climbing a billion steps. The trip was brief, difficult, immensely beautiful. 长城很好看。
Silvia has a blog entry that goes into much more loving detail.