So continuing from yesterday’s post, after we finished enjoying our paddle in the mountain stream we re-shoed ourselves and took to the steps once again.
Heading upwards we continued on and on, and on, and on…… climbing slowly towards the summit, or what appeared to be, because it seems there is always another “top” just beyond the tree line.
Finally we arrived at the penultimate summit, where I was to stay, as my knees had had enough, it was a good climb, there was another peak to our right, it looked like the last, not too far, but I decided to rest, give my legs a break for the descent and have a nap in the little church shelter, where many other hikers were enjoying the shade and their lunch.
Here you can see the view, great!
We discovered some lizards, or “Blue Tailed Skinks” I did see a bigger one without the blue tail, apparently they lose the blue when they become adults, lizards are cool!
Lou and Leo continued without me, whilst I napped, 🙂
After they returned we started out accent down the mountain, it was a really beautiful hike and well worth the discomfort.
I stumbled down the mountain some way behind my co-hikers. Taking regular photos also helped me have a respite.
Here is a shot of Yilan County, there are a few towns and between them, as you can see stretching from sea to mountain, are many buildings, these are mostly small farms, growing rice and other crops.
People keep telling me that there are monkeys living in the mountains, but I have yet to see any, until the hike that is, I attempted a few shots of them here is a monkey silhouette.
After a little research I discovered the only native monkeys to Taiwan are the Formosan Rock Monkeys, which matches those I saw during our mountain hike, there were at least four in the trees around us, they kept their distance, unlike other places I have been with monkeys, I had my hat nicked (stolen) by one in Vietnam.
I was really happy to see these furry guys, and so close to the end of my stay here in Taiwan, I fly out on the 9th of August, after 4 months, a perfect conclusion, the best things come to those who wait, I guess.
Ok, so thanks again for reading, I hope you enjoyed and I’m heading to Vietnam on Friday, so am excited to share that trip, very soon, plus of course art which will be inspired and created during my trip there. Sam