|I love these people. Thank you all for "saying yes". Fearless. Awesome.|
|Teapot Mountain in the distance reminded me personally more of a "Minnie Mouse side-profile face" or a "Thanksgiving Turkey sitting on a plate". But I could also see the "teapot" resemblance too. :)|
|"Dragon's Tail" - we hiked this thin outlined route you can kind of see here up toward it and to the right a bit. We did not ride the whole tail, but we slithered along a portion anyway (singing merrily as we went. :) ) More to conquer next time.|
|"The Beginning". Before all of the the sweat led to sunscreen in our eyes, there were..... STAIRS.|
|A rainbow colored phoenix rising from the "ashes" ( roof of a temple along the way) has GOT to be a good omen for survival..... right??|
|"Blurred Lines" - the sky kissing the sea. I can't tell where one ends and the other begins....|
|DEAD. and barely halfway there. LOL.|
|The view from inside the teapot. SO cool! We're inside! We made it!!!|
|Sar, reminding me of Indiana Jones, climbing up and out. Conquering the tomb (teapot) like a boss.|
|Hahaha. We're so Taiwanese! ( well, all of us except for Leo, who looks puzzled. lol) "Asian peace" forever.|
|What we were up against. Straddling the side of the mountain.|
|I mean...... speechless. <3|
|The city of Jiufen leaves her lights on for us as we descend. Nightfall, coming down from Banping. Our journey is over. We have "risen from the tomb". Happy Easter. :)|
I am SO glad that everything came together so seamlessly with this little day trip.
As far as any future "group trip plans" -- I still want to plan a hike to Mount Jade ("permits permitting"), a camping trip to Smangus, and a very belated birthday dinner and KTV night at Partyworld in Ximending for my birthday- real date coming up on May 20th.... but any bday party plans will probably be pushed back to June - ( I'm thinking either Sat June 13th or Sat June 20th -depending on when Dragon Boat Festival is) because everyone/everything is busy in May- school graduation is happening, etc. plus a few friends here will be out of the country.
I KNOW that I've been slacking with blog posts. My 4 yr anniversary in Asia has come and gone (April 3rd). Mink's ( my cat's) 7th birthday ( April 8th) has come and gone. My trip home for Joy's wedding and reconnecting with Amy has come and gone ( April 17th to around the 25th) I've been SUPER busy getting ready for Graduation and "the end of the year" at school.... so blame it on that. AND my home visit -- 9 days between New York and Maryland and a little jet lag. All have knocked me off my "blogging every two weeks" schedule. But I'm feeling a little more balanced and will work my hardest to make sure I blog again before the next two weeks are up!!
SOME CHINESE WORDS TO KNOW
Tomb Sweeping Festival - 清明節 Qīngmíng jié
Bus - 公車 gōngchē.
Asia - 亞洲 Yàzhōu
Sunrise - 日出 rì chū.
Sunset - 日落 Rì luò
Happy - 開心 kāixīn