Happy Chinese New Year! John and I arrived in Hualian City from Taroko Gorge yesterday afternoon. We spent Tuesday and yesterday morning hiking around the heart of Taroko, in the tiny village of Tianshiung.
We enjoyed a romantic ride along the Hualian pier yesterday afternoon and then stopped to watch the waves crashing without another person in sight. Last night, we went out for Japanese hot pot and bbq. We watched the fireworks from our window before going to bed.
Our first day of traveling was great and we started to have high hopes, despite the weather warnings. On Sunday, the worst of our fears arrived in the form of rain. We were soaked after our first day, and every day since has been overcast and slightly drizzly. It isn’t terrific weather for using the new camera, but we’ve had it out when weather permits. We’ve been drying our things out with the hair dryer every night and I’ve discovered a nifty little use for shower caps. They keep your feet nice and dry if you wear them inside of your shoes!
All in all though, we can’t complain. The scenery is gorgeous. The fresh air is reviving and it’s really really nice to get away from the hustle-bustle of Taipei.
At the moment, we’re waiting for the rain to stop so we can pack the bike. We’re heading along the Eastern coastline today and tomorrow. It’s one of my favorite places in Taiwan. I never stop marveling at the beauty this country has to offer.