Hike up a mountain (part 1)

I’m still in Touchen/Jiaoxi area of Taiwan, and on Friday I decided to accompany two other workawayers, Lou (see her Instagram for great travel photos) and Leo on a mountain hike.

The location was about 40 mins away by bicycle, so we headed out, after stocking up on food and drinks, on our random borrowed bicycles, starting at our shared ‘old’ farm house, heading through Jiouxi town and into the mountains, thankfully we didn’t need to assent anything too steep, as our bikes were old, a bit rusty and creaky to say the least.

So we locked the bikes and headed up the trail. After walking up a few hills getting deeper into the mountains, we came to the church of “Our Lady Wufengqi”, located here on Google maps.

As we were leaving this round church I spotted a very colourful plant, so grabbed a shot, I could not find the species through and image search, do you have an idea?

We headed up into the mountain again, the steps began, and continued all the way to the top, I thought I was reasonably fit, but my knees said otherwise, and started to ache, but I persevered, I’ve done long hikes before and there is always some discomfort, just nothing recently to see where I am at physically, so I was learning.

We arrived at this small waterfall, along side some other Taiwanese hikers and locals on their daily exercise routine, who seemed to be doing Qi Gong or Tai Qi, I’m not sure, so we stopped for a drink and rest, to take in the view and cool off our hot toes in the lovely cool water.

Here is a short video so you can immerse yourself into the waterfall scene for a moment.

Part 2 will be published tomorrow, I decided to break this post into two just to make it a bit more accessible.

Thanks for reading, see you tomorrow, Sam


Author: Sam

I'm a multi-media artist, working with drawing, painting, textiles and motion expression, I have been living in Asia for the last 6 years, I'm originally from Wales, in the UK, thanks for seeing my work, please get in touch if you'd like to discuss, my works are available to buy from my shop. Please consider supporting my work, you can purchase something from my shop, all support is greatly appreciated.

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