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Saturday, February 18, 2012

In training

On a cool but sunny Saturday afternoon, Amber worked on her cycling skills, aiming for the day when the training wheels can come off. Today she rode along the Tányǎshén Bicycle Trail 潭雅神綠園道, going from Chóngdé Road 崇德街 to the trail's end in Tán​zǐ 潭子 and back again, a distance of around 3 kilometers (1.9 miles) round trip. 

My daughter holds up...something, a flower the name of which I haven't a clue. Amber called them "Banana Flowers" as the bottom part of the flower was shaped like a banana. They covered the road in places, and Amber collected a dozen of them to take home and do...well, even she hasn't figured out what to do with them yet.

The Tányǎshén Trail is packed on Sundays, but only a handful of people were out on the road this afternoon.

That stunningly idyllic rural scenery one often encounters on Ilha Formosa, the Beautiful Island.

Amber proudly poses at the Tanzi end of the bike path.

 My favorite cyclist passes by her favorite kind of tree, a Banyan 榕樹.

A rather lonely Taoist temple sits in a dusty vacant lot adjacent to the bicycle trail.

2 comments:

  1. "That stunningly idyllic rural scenery one often encounters on Ilha Formosa, the Beautiful Island."

    Nice shot. I need to get on the training wheels coming off effort too. Thanks for reminding me.

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  2. The girl in the apartment below ours, who's roughly the same age as Amber, already can ride without the training wheels. The kindergarten she attends makes a point of teaching all the students how to do so.

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