太魯閣 - Around the Island for Chinese New Year (Part 3 of 3)


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February 28th 2010
Published: July 31st 2010
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The Final Installment!



The cool, rainy weather forced us to change our east coast surfing plans. We decided to go north from Taitung to the city of Hualian and the Taroko Gorge.

The Taroko Gorge is impressive. It's a 19-mile long canyon near the east coast coast of Taiwan. It features a dramatic elevation gain from the coast to around 3000 meters in about 60 horizontal kilometers. It's also crumbling. We rented scooters and toured the park for the day. The weather was decent with only a slight drizzle hitting us here and there. It was a pleasant alternative to spending a few days surfing.

From there, Marvis caught a train back to Chiayi, while the rest of us hopped a train north to Taipei. In Taipei we met up with one of Steve's friends who had recently moved back to Taiwan after spending several years in San Francisco going to University and working. After a day in Taipei, Claire and I had to head back to Chiayi to continue molding the young minds that will make Taiwan's future bright and glorious!!

As with the previous blogs in this series, the remainder of the story is in the titles and captions of the pictures. We just don't have time to do all the writing we used to. It's not always cohesive because I pulled the pics from two different sources. Sorry.

Well...the next installment will be a smattering of Taiwan pics that we never had time to dedicate a blog to. See ya there!

Brian


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Claire and BrianClaire and Brian
Claire and Brian

we are adorable
Mah-JhongMah-Jhong
Mah-Jhong

We brought the card version so we could play on the road. The Taiwanese were always impressed that we could play.
Home HotelHome Hotel
Home Hotel

We got hooked up with this house that was a hotel for our night in Hualian. It was cool to stay in a house.
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Everyone else was taking picture here, so you know we had to as well.
A lil' bridgeA lil' bridge
A lil' bridge

the road going through the gorge can be very narrow in places, yet large tour buses are everywhere. Sometimes there's only room for one bus. When they meet...?
Steve and MarvisSteve and Marvis
Steve and Marvis

After Steve found this mask, he wouldn't take it off. Seriously...for days.
TrainingTraining
Training

Poor form displayed here
these pictures...these pictures...
these pictures...

don't do the place justice, but what are ya gonna do?
waterwater
water

There's a big river that flows through the gorge and empties into the Pacific. I think this was just a tributary.
Sound adviceSound advice
Sound advice

The place really is crumbling
Sound Advice TakenSound Advice Taken
Sound Advice Taken

I'm wearing full rain gear with all the clothes I have underneath. It was quite chilly on the bikes, and I've been living in extremely hot climates for 17 years now. I get cold like a hairless chihuahua on a snowy January morning.
TunnelsTunnels
Tunnels

There are so many tunnels in Taiwan. I suppose it's the most efficient and safest way to get around these steep crumbling mountains.
Claire and MarvisClaire and Marvis
Claire and Marvis

This was a cool spot. The road has been rerouted from here, but you can still walk around and enjoy.
Nothing was falling, butNothing was falling, but
Nothing was falling, but

I wasn't wearing my helmet!


7th August 2010

What a wonderful adventure!
Claire and Brian, Thanks so much for sharing all these wonderful photos and tales of your adventure - it has been a PLEASURE to travel vicariously with you. Realizing that this is your last installment of the blog, please stay in touch (whether by blog or otherwise) and keep us posted on the next chapter. I wish you continued happiness and safe travels. Sincerely, Elise Colson

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