We went hiking on the first day of 2017 to take advantage of the gorgeous weather. The Ninety-Nine Peaks Forest Trail [九九峰森林步道] is a 1,930 meter long trail in Nantou County’s Caotun Township [草屯鎮]. We brought the kids here because we figured they were getting tired of the trail we frequent in Jhongsing Village. Furthermore, being a holiday weekend, most of the popular trails in Nantou County were probably going to be packed. We only encountered a couple dozen people on the trail. Amazingly, both kids made it through the whole trail without asking to be carried!
The children had a fabulous time visiting their grandparents in Ann Arbor, Michigan. We’ve been back in Taiwan for over a couple of weeks and nearly every day Josie or Nathan asks to go back to their grandparents’ house. This is a small collection of images from our trip. Most of our time was spent in southeast Michigan.
I think I’ve finally recovered after my family went on a day-trip to Miaoli with my mother-in-law and a bus full of her coworkers about two and a half months ago. If you are unfamiliar with a Taiwanese group day-trip they mostly follow the same exhausting formula: one interesting stop followed by half a dozen boring ones. In addition, the karaoke on the bus only has one volume – deafening. Here’s a small collection of photographs from my favorite of our stops – The Hakka Compound [客家大院] in Tongluo Township [銅鑼鄉] to see the Tung Blossoms [油桐花].
This spring I only managed to visit the Jhongsing Village Lotus Ponds once during their blooming period last month. Here’s a few photographs from that hot, sunny day in May.
The kids had a blast at the Mutou Wood Tourism Factory [老樹根魔法木工坊] in Taichung City. I’m usually skeptical of any location with the words tourism factory in the title. They are usually dry, guided tours that always conclude with a gift shop. This one however gives you a bag of marbles with admission for some of the outdoor games, has some creative playground equipment for children, and a DIY area to construct and paint objects ranging from stools, pinwheels, and pencil holders. Most of the photographs here feature my son because my daughter was busy painting with her mother in the DIY area while Nathan was playing in the outdoor area.