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Sunday, November 18, 2007

Hiking with Michael in Tak'eng (Dakeng) 大甲でマイケルとハイキングをして

Today was my last full day in Taiwan for the month of November as tomorrow the family and I will be leaving for a two-week trip back home to the States. And what better way to spend it than by going for a hike with Michael Turton in the Takeng mountain region overlooking the city of T'aichung (Taijhong) 台中? Well, OK, I can think of some other ways, but I still had a very enjoyable outing on a very fine Saturday morning.

Despite the obvious dangers posed by construction work on the No. 2 Trail, Michael carried on in the best tradition of Lewis and Clark.

We made it to the top of the No. 2 in about 45 minutes, then proceeded along the ridgetop until we reached the No. 1 Trail. From where we stood, we could see other hikers coming our way, while the town of Chunghsingling (Jhongsingling) 中興峰 loomed in the background.

The No. 1 was in bad shape, most likely as a result of the recent typhoon. At one point, a large section of the original wooden railing had disappeared into a ravine, forcing a detour through the forest and a steep descent while holding on to ropes.

Nevertheless, being the intrepid explorers that we are, and in a move sure to infuriate already concerned wives, we had to venture close to the ledge for a better look.

Back in a couple of weeks!

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