We left our little campsite behind at Sun Moon Lake and drove an hour towards Hehuanshan (3000m mountain). We stopped about half way up or so and ate some breakfast at Starbucks and visited Chingjing Farm. This farm is a touristy place for people who have never seen sheep, cows, and horses. It is kind of funny, but the scenery is really nice. And the kids loved feeding the sheep. So it was win win for our family.
|Probably this year's Christmas photo...|
|This guy was so thirsty! Yes this is the place to wash your hands|
at the toilets...it was so funny!
|Matthea REALLY loved these guys!|
|View from the top of Hehuanshan|
|Kids didn't even get out of the van...it was too|
cold for their liking...
The ride down was longer than I had expected. We were headed to Tianshiang where Taroko Gorge is, but it seemed like we were NEVER going to get there. The winding road just seemed to keep twisting and turn-piking until we finally got to the construction sites from the major landslides from last year's typhoon. At that point we knew we were close....there were people! We had spotted wild monkeys crossing the road earlier, so it was nice to see some humans. Although the monkeys were a nice surprise to the trip.
We had originally planned to camp at the gorge, but we just were not certain of the weather. We had heard of this little guest house that was started by some German Protestant Sisters years ago, so we checked it out.
|We stayed at the Tianshiang Christian Church|
Guesthouse. It was clean, dry, and CHEAP! This
kind lady used to work at the handicap home for
children in Hualien...so she and Matthea got along
really well. She was just sweet and fun to talk with.
|On the hanging bridge...Matthea was so excited about this.|
Marcus got brave and crossed it twice. I was ok until about
half way across and then got nervous with Matthea.
|At the nine tunnels...but you have to wear helmets now|
and you can only go 200m in. Four years ago, we could see
it all and didn't have to wear helmets. That typhoon did
some major damage for sure.
|Shakadang Valley...the water was really beautiful,|
but we couldn't get in and swim like we were hoping.
More new rules....love those rules. NOT!