Disk Pop ‘n Chillaxing
This was supposed to be a long weekend biking Taiwan’s east coast but someone popped a vertebral disk, specifically between L3 and L4 in the lumbar zone and got docs orders to stay off the bike. Stay tuned for how that turns out! On the bright side, the island got dumped on with heavy rains so biking would have been miserable. Instead we headed south to Alishan, a popular National Park that we knew would be blissfully quiet (and cool) during the rains.
We’re from Portland. We do rain!
Alishan is Forest Bathing 101
In 1912 the Japanese built the Alishan Forest Railway, a very narrow-gauge train originally built for logging the giant cedars. Now it shuffles tourist throughout the park
Dreamy quiet hiking
Trashbag raincoats are hot, literally
Respite from the downpour
We spent the night at Aliscenery B&B, surrounded by tea fields, barely visible in the mist. It was quiet and fabulous!
The town of Chiayi
Paper cut village + Peanuts
A “village” that is decorated with Chinese paper-cutting style murals
Finally, the cats!
Dingxi Colorful Cat Village in Yunlin. Please, do not confuse this with Taiwan’s Houtong Cat Village (that’s way up North). I dedicate this post to Cat and Matt (our cat loving guests, who promise to return a third time just for stuff like this).
The artists are students from National Formosa University. Bravo!
Definitely a contender for the LinkedIn shot…
Stuff of dreams… only here in Taiwan. And it’s purrfectly normal.
Yours truly, the Taiwan thrill seekers,
Pickles & Passionfruit
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