Saturday, June 12, 2010
The root of the problem
Amber and I took advantage of a momentary break in the weather this morning to journey out and into the hills overlooking Fengyuan (Hōgen/Toyohara) 豊原, where it's been ages since we've gone walking. Amber was able to make it up to the top of the trail by herself, and only asked to be placed in the child carrier for the trip down, continuing along the same path. Unfortunately, when we were almost near the bottom of the descent, our way was suddenly blocked by a tree that looked as if it fallen over only a short time before during the recent heavy rains we've had the past couple of days. Unable to get around the obstacle, we had no choice but to turn around and take the long way back to our car, by retracing our route in. Either my daughter is getting heavier, or my back is getting older (or a combination of both), but this was one sweaty workout I didn't enjoy doing. Nonetheless, Amber had a good time being back in the outdoors (seeing lots of interesting and colorful bugs is always a plus) and, weather permitting, I plan on more outings like these in the weekends to come.