Day trip into the mountains

Trip Start May 13, 2010
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Trip End Aug 02, 2010


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Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Today, we had a late start.  SW's sister treated us to dinner last night and I ended up watching the movie 'Confucus' which didn't really shed all that much light on what I know about his history.  Still...it did knock me out until the morning...

So...a late start, and then we headed off to Jhushan district to hike the Taichi Gorge.  This was a fantastic hike -- all stairs, until one of two suspension bridges across the gorge...the second a bit lower down then the first.  This place is mainly visited by the locals, and was only opened up in the last few years after a 10 year shut down.  It was shut down because of a rock slide (I guess) that killed 47 people -- it is a bit safer now I hope!  Anyway, the 'sky bridge' (what they call the suspension bridge) is apparently one of two in the world (I will have to do a search to find out what the other one is -- my thinking is capilano though I do not know the criteria applied).  It is a steep climb down though...and for those in the Vancouver area it is reminiscent of the Grouse Grind except somewhat higher elevation change.  At the bottom we could see a waterfall with three ribbon of streams running over its lip.  The rain started a bit...but, I just wanted to sit for awhile.  It was relaxing...and nice to enjoy.

After that, was the long hike back up -- about 45 mins to an hour to climb.  Grouse Grind in 35 deg temperatures :-)  Still...I survived.

We hopped in SW's vehicle and headed along a *very* rugged road to the Ba-gua (sp?) tea garden -- a place made famous because it is in the shape of the number '8' (the Taoism symbol for protection).  It was very foggy however, so did not see much although I found it quite peaceful...quiet...we did not stay long and headed instead to a bamboo tunnel where we parked and walked around a bit.  The tunnel is simply a bamboo forest (the whole mountain is actually named 'bamboo mountain' ) and we continued until we saw a small temple off the side of road.  Superstition stepped in, however...and we moved on (who knows what spirits are worshipped there!). 

Then...it is home...stopping at for local cuisine along the way (the 'whatever' restaurant) which SW remembers from growing up.  It was good food for sure...and we later enjoyed a fresh fruit juice.  These things...these things are some of what I will always be envious of while I am in Canada.  A dollar for something we cannot find easily in the cold, white north...Haha...I'll have to take my fill of it while I can :-)
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skytonysfo
skytonysfo on

Hi Brian,
I so much enjoy reading your blog! I look forward to reading your next entry. More pictures please! LOL. Stay safe.

Mom on

Wow...Brian....so fascinating...Thank you so much for sharing your trip with us...

Sara on

Wow! I can't wait to hear more and hopefully see some more pictures. Your blog has become the highlight of my day and I can't wait to read more!
THANKS!!!

Linda on

Love reading your blog....you have more nerve than I do when it comes to crossing the suspension bridges..I would be crawling. Sounds like you are having a great time & look forward to hearing more

Travis on

sounding like a blast. thanks for the updates.

Grandma on

Sure enjoying the decriptions of your trip. Always look forward to reading them. Grandpa is doing pretty good right now. Will keep you posted.
Love from both of us.

trekkergold
trekkergold on

Thanks Grandma -- It is great to hear that Grandpa is doing well. I have been out of Internet contact until I arrived back in Taiwan and will try and give you a call soon. I have posted the full China trip now :-)

trekkergold
trekkergold on

Hey Sara -- Thanks for the comment. I was without Internet for much of my time in China so only am now able to update my blog. Enjoy and see you soon...

trekkergold
trekkergold on

Haha...thanks, Tony. I just figured out how to do more than five pictures / blog so will see about updating earlier ones. I was without Internet in China for a bit, so am only now getting things up to date.

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