Tuesday, November 24, 2009
There was a surprisingly large number of people out on the trails of Tak'eng this afternoon, considering the fact that it was a weekday. Still, the numbers were nothing like the circus this area becomes on weekends, and those out in the mountains today were far more reverential of their surroundings than their Saturday and Sunday compatriots. In contrast to the weekends, when the ridgetop pavilions are filled with people eating and talking loudly, all the while with their backs to the view, Tuesday's hikers were actually looking at the gorgeous scenery under the clear blue skies on a pleasantly warm day. Not surprisingly, the vistas looking towards the Central Mountain Range 中央山脈 were much better than than those overlooking T'aichung (Taichū) 台中, which was partially hidden under a layer of smog.
A self-portrait under a flag of a local hiking club, taken on the No. 4 Trail.
The view looking down towards a colorful flower garden, in the town of Hsinshe (Shinsha) 新社 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Xinshe,_Taichung. Even on a Tuesday, there were a lot of cars in the parking lot - one can only imagine what it was like on Sunday!